Vic company charged after worker fatally crushed by gate

Thursday, 20 April, 2023

Vic company charged after worker fatally crushed by gate

WorkSafe Victoria has charged gate manufacturing and repair business Gate Automation Systems Pty Ltd after the death of another company’s worker in April 2022. The business is facing a single charge under section 23(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to ensure persons other than employees were not exposed to health and safety risks.

The 59-year-old truck driver was fatally crushed at a Dandenong depot after a 12 m-wide automatic sliding gate fell on him. It is alleged that Gate Automation Systems had left the gate in an unsafe condition by removing parts such that it could only be moved manually, without addressing the risk that the gate could fall from its rails and crush a person, causing death or serious injury.

The matter will be addressed at a filing hearing at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 9 May 2023.

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