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Court action over fatality and injury at John Holland worksite

Media release

 - 22 Nov 2013

Comcare has today filed two separate sets of legal proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia (Brisbane Registry) against John Holland Pty Ltd (John Holland). Both sets of proceedings allege that John Holland has breached federal work health and safety laws.

The first set of legal proceedings arise from an alleged incident on 1 December 2011 when a John Holland employee suffered a head injury after an unsecured metal bridge struck him while working on the Brisbane Airport Link Project.

The second set of legal proceedings arise from an alleged incident on 29 September 2011 when a John Holland employee suffered serious head injuries and later died after part of a steel structure struck him in the head, while working on the Brisbane Airport Link Project.

Comcare’s Regulatory Services General Manager, Neil Quarmby said that the court proceedings are an important reminder that employers must ensure that diligent and effective assessments of work health and safety risks are performed. Employers must also provide this information to all employees.

In both matters Comcare alleges that John Holland failed to take all reasonably practicable steps to protect the health and safety of its employees at work.

John Holland has previously had civil penalties imposed by the Federal Court of Australia for breaching Commonwealth work health and safety laws.

The maximum civil penalty for each alleged breach is $242 000.

 

22 November 2013

Media contact:
Comcare Media Team
0478 305 675

media@comcare.gov.au

Page last updated: 22 Nov 2013