A trucking company was issued a $160,000 fine over the 2 fatalities that occurred on an East Perth construction site in November 2015.
The incident resulted in the deaths of 2 Irish workers, 27 year old Gerry Bradley and 24 year old Joe McDermott. The 2 were working on an apartment development and were on a smoking break when concrete tilt panels weighing more than 3 tonnes each slipped and crushed the workers.
The concrete panels were being unloaded from a trailer when one slipped and crashed onto the area where 4 men were sitting, 2 were uninjured but the 2 Irish construction workers were killed.
It was heard that the deaths were preventable because there were “simple and practical steps” that the company could have taken to ensure the panels were secure. The magistrate said the panels had been secured individually with straps and chains and were unloaded from one side of the truck which caused the vehicle to be unstable and the panels to fall on the workers.
The company was remorseful over the deaths however the other 2 parties charged had pleaded not guilty.