Two Department of Defence contractors are facing work health and safety charges following an incident in which a worker suffered serious injuries when an army vehicle that rolled forward as it was being towed.
The incident happened in July 2015 at Brisbane’s Damascus Barracks involving a Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle used to transport soldiers.
Defence deals with one of the contractors for warehousing and distribution of its supplies and equipment, and the other for maintenance of the Bushmaster fleet.
Three workers were towing a damaged Bushmaster to a recovery truck when it rolled forward and pinned a worker between the vehicle and tow motor. The man suffered serious injuries.
It is alleged that the Bushmaster was not properly towed, was not secured using wheel chocks and that the workers were not given adequate training, supervision, and instruction to do the job.
The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions filed a complaint and summons in the Brisbane Magistrates Court alleging the two contractors failed in the responsibilities under the Commonwealth Work Health and Safety Act 2011.
These charges follow an investigation by federal work health and safety regulator, Comcare.
Each company is facing four criminal charges of failing in their work health and safety duties under the WHS Act, with a maximum penalty of $ 1.5 million for each offence.
The matter is listed for mention in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on 18 August 2017.
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