Vic company director facing manslaughter charge after forklift fatality

Tuesday, 25 October, 2022

Vic company director facing manslaughter charge after forklift fatality

WorkSafe Victoria has charged the director of a stonemasonry business with workplace manslaughter after a subcontractor was fatally crushed at a Somerton factory in October 2021. The 25-year-old subcontractor died after a loaded forklift being operated by the director on a sloping driveway allegedly tipped over and landed on top of him.

The 45-year-old director is facing a single charge under section 39G(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Workplace manslaughter provisions were introduced into the OHS Act in July 2020. The maximum penalty for this offence for an individual is up to 25 years imprisonment.

The matter will be addressed at a hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 2 November 2022.

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