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Brewer pleads guilty to safety charges

Fosters Australia Limited has pleaded guilty to two workplace safety charges following the death of a worker on 13 April 2006.

The charges were laid under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.

Magistrate Barbara Cottrell was told a Wantirna man was crushed between a handrail and the door of a machine which took empty bottles from pallets before they were filled with beer at the company’s Abbotsford plant.

A plea hearing is scheduled for 24 July 2008 at the Melbourne County Court.

The charges:

1 – Failure to provide or maintain plant or systems of work that were so far as reasonably practicable safe and without risks to health contrary to section 21(1)&(2)(a) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.

2 – Failure to provide such information, instruction and supervision as was necessary to employees to enable those persons to perform their work in a way that was safe and without risks to health contrary to section 21(1)&(2)(e) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.

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