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4 charges laid over fatal fall of teenager at construction site

Date: 
Tuesday, 9 July, 2019 - 14:15
Category: 
Incidents & prosecutions
Location: 
Victoria

WorkSafe WA is prosecuting four parties over the death of 17-year-old Wesley Ballantine, who fell through a void in the roof of an internal atrium at the old GPO building in Forrest Place during a construction project in 2017.

Valmont WA, the main contractor for one stage of the project, has been charged with failing to ensure that persons who were not their employees were not exposed to hazards, and Industrial Construction Services, Wesley Ballantine’s employer, has been charged with failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing Wesley’s death.

Adam Tony Forsyth and Luke Fraser Corderoy, a director and manager of Industrial Construction Services, have also been personally charged with an offence that the incident occurred with their consent or was attributable to their neglect.

The prosecution was an important step in an extensive process, said WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh.

“These prosecutions are the culmination of a thorough investigative process conducted over a period of 13 months,” Kavanagh said.

“As the cases are now in the hands of the courts, WorkSafe will not be making any further comment.”