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Victorian operator in WorkSafe dangerous goods charges

Safety watchdog also charges bulk equipment supplier over tank container fire


WorkSafe Victoria has charged a logistics operator over alleged breaches of the Dangerous Goods Act at a Tottenham facility.

Crossroads Logistics Pty Ltd is facing four charges under section 31(1), that it failed to take all reasonable precautions to prevent tampering, theft or unauthorised access involving dangerous goods that were stored at the premises between March 2019 and March 2020.

“It is also alleged the company failed to take all reasonable precautions to prevent the leakage of dangerous goods and to prevent a fire or explosion at the site,” WorkSafe notes.

“WorkSafe further alleges Crossroads failed to take all reasonable precautions to prevent any damage to property or danger to the public by an accident involving dangerous goods at the premises.

“The site is not the location of the 2018 chemical fire at Tottenham.”

A filing hearing is to take place at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on March 23.

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Separately, WorkSafe charged an industrial equipment supplier over a tank container fire at Derrimut.

Fuelcraft Pty Ltd has been charged with four alleged breaches of section 21(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act; three under section 21(2)(a) for failing to maintain safe systems of work and one of failing to provide information, instruction and training under section (21)(2)(e).

“It’s further alleged the failure to notify WorkSafe immediately after becoming aware of the incident was a breach of section 38(1) of the OHS Act.

“The charges relate to a May 2019 incident in which two workers using an oxy torch inside an ISO tank container were forced to evacuate when diesel residue ignited causing a fire.”

Fuelcraft parent Liquip is an equipment and services provider for the bulk liquid transport industry.

The matter had its filing hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on March 5.


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