Grocon fined $250,000
A Grocon subsidiary has been fined $250,000 following a wall collapse in March 2013 that killed three bystanders.
The Victorian WorkCover Authority prosecuted Grocon Victoria Street Pty Ltd for its part in the wall collapse at the company’s Swanston Street building site in Melbourne.
Late last month, Grocon pleaded guilty in the Magistrates Court to breaching Victoria’s work health and safety (WHS) laws.
Following sentencing, Daniel Grollo, executive chairman of Grocon, said in a media statement: “I personally, along with all of the directors and employees of Grocon, today reiterate our deep regret at the tragic and untimely loss of Bridget and Alexander Jones and Marie-Faith Fiawoo.”
The CFMEU said the fine was “a slap on the wrist”.
“Our thoughts are very much with the families of Alexander and Bridget and Marie-Faith, and all those whose lives have been scarred forever,” said John Setka, CFMEU secretary, in a media statement following sentencing.
Late last month, Aussie Signs Pty Ltd was committed to trial for its part in the incident. It had been contracted to attach hoarding to the wall.
Published on 4 December 2014 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin