Government office and construction company charged over musician’s death

NT WorkSafe has charged a government office and a Queensland-base construction company following the death of a musician in Darwin.

The musician died in the early hours of 30 April 2016, when his motorbike crashed into the traffic diversion setup as part of the Tiger Brennan Drive duplication. The government agency contracted the construction company to manage the roadworks.

The work safety regulator will allege that the traffic diversion setup was not in accordance with an approved traffic control diagram, and the set up was not compliant with Australian Standards causing a risk of serious injury or death to motorists.

The government office is facing one charge of failing to comply with their health and safety duties contrary to Section 32 of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act.

The construction company is facing one charge of failing to comply with their health and safety duties contrary to Section 32 of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act.

If found guilty, each will face a maximum penalty of $ 1,500,000.

The matter is listed for mention in the Darwin Local Court on Wednesday 6 June 2018.

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