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NT WorkSafe charges construction companies over worker death

Tuesday, 12 November, 2019

NT WorkSafe charges construction companies over worker death

Two construction companies have been charged with allegedly failing to comply with a health and safety duty after a worker was killed at the Inpex Onshore LNG Facility in 2017. Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Whittens Group have been charged under section 32 of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011 for allegedly failing to provide and maintain a safe system of work or supervision, as required under section 19 of the Act, according to Northern Territory WorkSafe (NT WorkSafe).

The 56-year-old Whittens Group employee was conducting insulation repair works on one of the LNG tanks when he fell from height into the confined space, was engulfed by insulation and suffocated, NT WorkSafe said. The regulator said the repair work was high risk and while the worker was wearing a harness at the time of the incident, it was not secured. He was also operating alone, NT WorkSafe said. The charge carries a maximum penalty of $1.5 million and is listed for mention in the Darwin Local Court on 14 January 2020.

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