A government agency and a helicopter contractor have recently been charged with breaching federal work health and safety laws in relation to a fatality in Antarctica.
A 62-year-old helicopter pilot, who had dual Canadian and Australian citizenship was delivering fuel drums to a remote depot on Antarctica’s West Ice Shelf when he fell down a crevasse in January 2016. He was recovered by a rescue team but later on, died due to hypothermia.
Comcare investigated the incident.
The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions has filed three charges in the ACT Magistrates Court alleging the Department, through its Australian Antarctic Division, failed in its duties under the Federal Work Health and Safety Act.
Three charges have also been filed against the pilot’s employer contracted by the government agency to support field operations for the Antarctic Division.
The matter is listed for mention in the ACT Magistrates Court on 22 February 2018.