Friday 16 March 2018

Metro Trains charged over high voltage incident

WorkSafe has today charged Metro Trains for a breach of the Occupational Health and Safety Act following an incident in which an employee was injured while working on high voltage powerlines.

Metro Trains Melbourne Pty Ltd was charged with failing to maintain systems of work that were safe and without risks to health.

 The charge follows an investigation into an incident in April 2016 in which an apprentice received flash burns to his face and hands while working on overhead powerlines between Box Hill and Blackburn train stations.

The apprentice was working on a 22,000 volt line from an elevated work platform when it was prematurely energised from a central control room, resulting in an explosion. He remained on the platform as the line was energised again, resulting in a second explosion before he could be brought to safety.

The charges were filed in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court.

  

Further Information

WorkSafe media enquiries: Peter Flaherty: 0478 881 663, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kathleen O'Dwyer: 0435 409 975, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Public enquiries: Call the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday, email info@worksafe.vic.gov.au or write to Advisory Service, PO Box 4306, Melbourne, 3001.