Two companies charged over high-pressure concrete blast

Friday, 12 November, 2021

Two companies charged over high-pressure concrete blast

WorkSafe Victoria has charged two companies after workers and a member of the public were injured when they were sprayed with concrete at a Southbank construction site. Form 700 Pty Ltd was charged with two breaches under section 21(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment, while Rapidcrete Pty Ltd was charged with a single breach of section 23(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to ensure that persons other than its employees were not exposed to risks to their health and safety.

It is alleged that Form 700 also breached regulation 37(1) of the OHS Regulations by failing to prepare and use a Safe Work Method Statement for high risk construction work, and section 21(2)(e) of the OHS Act by failing to provide information and instruction to its employees to enable them to work safely.

The charges relate to an incident in October 2019, where an unsecured discharge pipe blew out of an agitator truck and pressurised concrete was sprayed across the worksite, striking three workers and a passenger in a passing vehicle. Form 700 was engaged to provide formwork and concrete at the site, while Rapidcrete was engaged to pump concrete. The matters were addressed at a filing hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 10 November 2021.

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