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WorkSafe Victoria recently charged a solar panel installation company with failing to control the risk of a fall from height at a residential property in Bendigo.
The company, Solar 2.0 Pty Ltd, has been charged with two breaches of section 21(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to maintain a working environment that was safe and without risks to health.
The charges relate to an incident on 30 November 2018, in which a 21-year-old male employee died after falling from a ladder while installing solar panels in the suburb of Kennington.
WorkSafe will also allege that the company failed to implement a Safe Work Method Statement for the high-risk construction work.
The matter was listed for a filing hearing at the Bendigo Magistrates' Court earlier this month.