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Prosecution over fall risk at prison development (Media release)

11 February 2021

Construction company John Holland has been charged with breaching federal work health and safety laws over a dangerous incident at a prison development in northern NSW.

Following an investigation by regulator Comcare, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions has filed a single charge alleging John Holland Pty Ltd failed in its duties under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

The incident happened at the $700 million Clarence Correctional Centre project near Grafton on 6 February 2019.

A labour hire employee was working on the roof of the maximum security section of the building when he stepped on a plywood board covering a five-to-six-metre deep penetration and fell part way through. The worker sustained minor injuries.

It will be alleged John Holland failed to provide and maintain a safe system of work for the job.

The charge is a Category 2 offence under the Work Health and Safety Act, carrying a maximum penalty of $1.5 million.

The matter is listed for mention in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on 6 April 2021.

Media Contact:
media@comcare.gov.au
0478 305 675

Page last reviewed: 11 February 2021
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Date printed 06 Mar 2021

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