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Melbourne business charged over shipping container death

A stone benchtop company faces three charges under occupational health and safety breaches

A stone benchtop business faces charges after a man was fatally crushed while unloading a shipping container in 2020. 

WorkSafe have laid down three charges to Best Benchtop and Stone Pty Ltd under section 26 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to ensure that a workplace was safe and without risks to health.

The charges come after a man was killed when approximately 30 stone slabs weighing 220 kilograms each fell onto him while he was helping the company’s director unload a shipping container in a Campbellfield factory.

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It’s alleged it was reasonably practicable for Best Benchtop and Stone to take measures to reduce the risk of the slabs falling during the unloading process and causing serious injury or death to people carrying out tasks inside the container.

WorkSafe says the matter is listed for a filing hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on March 9, 2022.

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