Friday 03 February 2017

Company charged over Southbank crane collapse

Following a comprehensive investigation into the crane collapse at 42 Balston St, Southbank in August 2015, WorkSafe has charged GC Crane Hire Pty Ltd, trading as General Cranes, with two breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.

 The charges, which have been filed in the Melbourne Magistrates Court, are:

  • One charge contrary to section 21(1) and (2)(a) in that it failed to provide and maintain safe systems of work.
  • One charge contrary to section 23(1) in that it failed to ensure persons other than employees were not exposed to risks to health and safety.

WorkSafe understands the significant public interest in the details surrounding this matter. However, as it is now before the Court, it would be inappropriate to make any further comment at this time.

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Further Information

WorkSafe media enquiries: Peter Flaherty: 0478 881 663, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Caitlin Rode: 0434 685 577, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Public enquiries: Call the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday, email info@worksafe.vic.gov.au or write to Advisory Service, PO Box 4306, Melbourne, 3001.