3 companies charged over 2 incidents at Campbell Barracks

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Tuesday, 25 June, 2019 - 14:45
Incidents & prosecutions
Western Australia

Three companies have been charged over two separate incidents that caused injuries to workers during the redevelopment of Perth’s Campbell Barracks.

The first incident occurred on 1 May 2017, when workers for sub-contractor Altona Plumbing and Civil were moving a section of concrete stormwater pipe using chains attached to an excavator when the load swung and struck a worker, fracturing one of his legs.

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) has filed one charge each against Bromar Nominees (trading as Altona Plumbing and Civil) and the principal contractor for the redevelopment, Lendlease Building Contractors.

The charges relate to alleged failures in providing a safe system of work including measures to stabilise the load and establishing an exclusion zone for the job.

In the second incident on 7 June 2017, workers for sub-contractor Metro Lintels were operating a crane when it hit a section of steel truss on a building.

The truss fell and landed on a worker’s foot, causing serious injuries. The injured worker was employed by another sub-contractor.

The CDPP has filed two charges against Kuredale (trading as Metro Lintels) and one charge against Lendlease Building Contractors, alleging failure to use an exclusion zone and inadequate training, instruction and supervision.

The prosecutions follow investigations by federal work health and safety regulator Comcare. It will be alleged the companies failed in their duties under the Commonwealth Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

All charges are Category 2 offences under the Work Health and Safety Act, carrying a maximum penalty of $1.5 million each.