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Trucking company charged after worker death

Victorian freight carrier faces two charges under OHS Act for failing to offer safe working environment

A Victoria-based transport company has been charged after a worker was fatally crushed while unloading a truck in Melbourne last year.

WorkSafe has charged family-owned Norman Carriers (Aust) Pty Ltd after a 56-year-old man died when two of the sections of large steel light poles became unstable and fell off the truck and on to him at the Altona North facility in June 2020.

Norman Carriers faces two charges under section 21(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety  (OHS) Act for failing to, so far as reasonably practicable, provide and maintain a safe working environment.

It’s alleged the company breached section 21(2)(a) of the OHS Act by failing to provide or maintain a safe system of work that would eliminate or reduce the risk of loads becoming unstable and falling from a truck.

WorkSafe also alleges the company breached of section 21(2)(e) of the Act by failing to provide information, instruction and training that would enable workers to unload trucks safely.

The matter is listed for a filing hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on March 15, 2022.

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