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Charges laid after depot fatality

WorkSafe Victoria has charged a transport company over the death of a worker who was run over by a truck at a Yarraville depot.

In October 2020, the 65-year-old man died after slipping or tripping on discarded wood debris and falling into the path of a truck and trailer being driven by another worker.

Malec Holdings Pty Ltd is facing three charges under section 21(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

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.

WorkSafe further alleges Malec Holdings breached section 21(2)(c) of the OHS Act by failing to maintain each workplace under its management and control in a condition that was safe and without risks to health.

The company is also accused of breaching section 21(2)(e) of the OHS Act by failing to provide such supervision as was necessary to enable employees to perform their work in a way that was safe and without risks to health.

The matter is listed for a filing hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on August 29, 2022.

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