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Construction company charged over deaths of two workers

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A civil construction company has been charged by WorkSafe Victoria following the death of two workers after a trench collapsed in Ballarat in March 2018.

The men were laying pipe at the Winterfield Estate housing development in Delacombe on March 21 when the trench collapsed.

A 34-year-old man died at the scene and a 21-year-old man died in hospital the following day.

Ballarat company Pipecon Pty Ltd was charged with two breaches of section 21 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act:

• Failing to maintain battering or benching of the excavation and to use trench shields and manhole cages to protect the workers from the risk of engulfment.

• Failing to provide supervision to ensure its employees did not perform work in the trench without battering, benching, trench shields or manhole cages.

The matter will be heard in the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court on February 4.