A construction company and Victoria’s road authority have been fined $1.55 million for a breach of safety that led to the death of a traffic controller in 2011.
The road authority was fined $250,000 after pleading guilty to a breach of the 2004 Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to maintain a safe system of work.
The construction firm pleaded not guilty and was fined $1.3million for failing to provide a safe system of work, failing to provide workers with the information, instruction and training needed for them to safety perform their job and failing to ensure people other than their employees were not exposed to health and safety risks.
The incident occurred in November 2011 when a worker was struck by a street sweeper during roadworks in Bayswater. The worker did not survive. It came to light that the man had raised safety concerns to the site supervisor in relation to driving of the sweeper, however it was not addressed.
The worker had been employed by an agency subcontracted by the construction firm.