Aggravated charges for alleged chemical stockpiles
Last week WorkSafe announced that it has charged Bradbury Industrial Services Pty Ltd with new alleged breaches of the Dangerous Goods Act. It is accused of five aggravated offences under section 31C(1) of the Act in relation to alleged chemical stockpiles at three warehouses in Craigieburn and two in Campbellfield.
At each site WorkSafe alleges the company knew, or ought to have known, that its failure to take all reasonable precautions to prevent any fire or explosion would likely endanger the safety or health of another person, property or the environment.
These charges are in addition to 35 already filed in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court in relation to the Campbellfield and Craigieburn sites. The company, which is now in liquidation, has also been charged with three offences over an explosion and chemical fire at another Campbellfield warehouse in April 2019.
The latest charges have been listed for a further hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on 21 October 2020. Source: WorkSafe media release
There have been no new prosecutions announced in Victoria since August 7 - check WorkSafe's Prosecution Result Summaries and Enforceable Undertakings webpage if you want to check before next week's journal.