2 Dec 2020

WorkSafe quickly closed double fatality crash file only to reopen it months later

From Morning Report, 7:19 am on 2 December 2020

Workplace safety investigators into a Desert Road double-fatality smash failed to record, months later, that a baby boy died alongside his preschool brother.

WorkSafe closed the file four days after the crash saying it had no jurisdiction, then scrambled to reopen it months later with a deadline looming.

At the time investigators promised to “move heaven and earth” but ultimately they did not prosecute anyone under health and safety laws.  

WorkSafe defends its handling of the case and at the same time says it has now improved how it operates.

Phil Pennington has the story.