BRADBURY FINED ALMOST $3 MILLION FOR CHEMICAL FIRE

The company responsible for a chemical fire in Campbellfield in 2019 has been fined $2.9 million.

Bradbury Industrial Services Pty Ltd, now in liquidation, pleaded guilty to charges relating to a lack of workplace safety and failing to prevent a fire or explosion.

The fire, lasted four days, resulted in injuries to two workers, the closure of nearby schools, and extensive exposure to smoke in surrounding areas.

WorkSafe subsequently found deficiencies in the storage of over 10 million litres of chemicals at five other Bradbury warehouses, including inadequate fire protection and ventilation systems.

The $2.9 million fine was imposed for Bradbury’s role in the 2019 Campbellfield fire with the company pleading guilty to charges under our OHS and Dangerous Goods Acts.

The company's negligence and disregard for workplace safety have been strongly condemned.

For practical guidance on controlling risks associated with dangerous goods in the workplace, employers should refer to the Code of practice: The storage and handling of dangerous goods.

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