Remember the 2016 workplace accident at Eagle Farm Racecourse that claimed the lives of 2 workers when a concrete slab fell and crushed them? The Brisbane construction firm responsible has been fined $405,000 over the incident.
The accident claimed the lives of 34 year old Ashley Morris and 55 year old Humberto Leite who were crushed by 2 concrete slabs that toppled at the construction site.
The company was charged with failure to comply with health and safety regulations and pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.
Following the tragedy, it came to light that workers had walked off the job site just days earlier over safety concerns on site.
The court heard that a sewage pipe was used as makeshift bracing for 14-tonne concrete panels that formed the walls for a foul-water drainage tank.
The magistrate said there was an obvious lack of planning that led to this incident.
The subcontractor in control of the site is facing separate manslaughter charges under the criminal code however his lawyer indicated in 2016 that he would be fighting the charges.
The site manager is also facing charges under the Work Health and Safety Act.
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