AMICUS CHARGED OVER DISABLED CLIENT'S DEATH

WorkSafe has charged Amicus Community Services Limited, a provider of supported independent living services, after a client died following a seizure at her Eaglehawk home in May 2021.

Amicus Community Services Limited is facing two charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The first charge, under section 23(1), is for failing to ensure that people other than employees were not exposed to health and safety risks. It is alleged that the company failed to establish monitoring requirements to ensure the client was regularly and directly observed between the hours of 12 am and 6 am.

The second charge, under section 38(1) of the OHS Act, is for failing to notify WorkSafe immediately after becoming aware of the incident.

The matter is scheduled for a filing hearing at Bendigo Magistrates' Court on September 28, 2023.

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