Following a comprehensive investigation, WorkSafe has charged the Hazelwood Power Corporation Pty Ltd with 10 breaches of the OHS Act 2004 in relation to preparedness for the fire which took hold in the Hazelwood open cut coal mine on 9 February 2014.
The charges are:
- Five breaches of section 21(1) and (2) (c) – failing to maintain a workplace under its management and control that was safe and without risks to health.
- Five breaches of section 23 – failing to ensure that people other than its employees were not exposed to risks to their health and safety arising from the conduct of its operations.
As this matter is now before the Court, it would be inappropriate to make any further comment at this time.
WorkSafe has also completed its investigation into alleged breaches of the OHS Act by the Country Fire Authority, the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board and the Fire Services Commissioner in relation to risks to firefighters from exposure to carbon monoxide and contaminated water during the early stages of the coal mine fire.
After a review of all the available evidence, WorkSafe has determined that each party took steps that were reasonably practicable to protect the health and safety of their employees and others. As a result, no further action will be taken.
Public enquiries: Call the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Advisory Service, PO Box 4306, Melbourne, 3001.