26 Nov 2015
Australian rules club Essendon has been charged with allegedly breaching work health and safety laws following the supplements scandal that has engulfed the organisation for the past four years.
WorkSafe Victoria investigated Essendon’s 2011-2012 supplements program and charged the club with two alleged breaches of the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.
The first charge includes an alleged breach of section 21(1) of the act for failing to provide and maintain for employees a working environment that is, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health. The second charge includes an alleged breach of 21(2)(a) of the act for failing to provide and maintain for employees a system of work that is, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health.
The Essendon Football Club says in a media statement that it has been “assisting WorkSafe with its investigation and agreed to the charges laid”.
“The charges reflect the governance failings of the club at that time, which the club has accepted responsibility,” the club’s statement adds.
WorkSafe also investigated the Australian Football League (AFL) for alleged breaches of the OHS Act. “Following a review of the available and admissible evidence, it could not be established to the requisite standard that the AFL breached the OHS Act,” according to a WorkSafe media statement.
Published on 19 November 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today.