NT school charged after a boy was crushed to death at sports carnival

NT Worksafe has charged NT Christian Schools, Ltd., operators of the Gawa Christian School for breaching Section 32 of the Work Health and Safety Act (National Uniform Legislation) Act.

This is in relation to the 2015 death of a student at a sports carnival in on Elcho Island, a remote community a few kilometres from Darwin. The game involved children and community members pulling a troop carrier along with a rope. Unfortunately, the victim tripped and was run over by the vehicle.

‘There was no risk assessment of any kind done for the troopy-pull,” NT Coroner Greg Cavanagh said during inquest.

It is alleged that the school failed to comply with their health and safety duty resulting to the death of the student.

Maximum penalty for this offence is $ 1,500,000 for a body corporate.

The matter is listed for mention in the Darwin Local Court on Monday 29 May 2017.

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