250K IN FINES FOR METRO TUNNEL CONCRETE POUR

Two construction companies have been fined a total of $250,000 after a dangerous incident occurred during work on the Melbourne Metro Rail Project.

Adcon Vic and Adcon Resources Vic were convicted and fined for multiple breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act: Adcon Vic received a $100,000 fine for failing to ensure a safe workplace, while Adcon Resources was fined $140,000 for failing to provide safe systems of work and adequate training for workers.

The incident involved a concrete pour at Parkville Station, during which the formwork failed, leading to the release of 15 cubic meters of concrete. Improperly welded high tensile Z ties caused structural failures during the pour.

WorkSafe's investigation highlighted several safety lapses, including failure to follow engineering drawings, inadequate checks on tie installation, and a lack of engineering oversight during critical work phases.

Such incidents pose serious risks that employers must proactively identify and mitigate to ensure the safety of workers.

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