Transport company charged after fatal Maffra fall

A transport company will front court in Sale after a worker fell from a grain truck at a Maffra depot in January 2022, and later dying from his injuries in hospital.

According to WorkSafe Victoria, the 60-year-old man suffered head injuries and later died after falling about four metres when a guard rail failed while he was inspecting hatches on top of the truck.

WorkSafe charged D & A Martin Transport Pty Ltd with a single charge under section 21(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment.

It is alleged the company breached section 21(2)(a) of the OHS Act by failing to implement a qualified inspection and maintenance regime for the guard rails and failing to ensure they were repaired or replaced when faulty.

The matter is listed for a filing hearing at Sale Magistrates’ Court on September 12 2023.