Charges laid over high-rise deaths

CHARGES have been laid against three companies and an executive officer after an investigation into the deaths of two Gold Coast workers last year.

The workers were fatally injured on June 21 when the swing stage scaffold they were using to carry out concrete patchwork on the Pegasus high-rise failed and they fell 26 levels to the ground.

Allscaff Systems is charged with failing to ensure the swing stage was erected in a way that ensured it was safe.

Ralph Michael Smith, director of Allscaff Systems, is charged with failing to ensure the company complied with the Workplace Health and Safety Act.

Karimbla Construction Servicesis charged with breaching obligations as being in control of a workplace.Pryme Constructions, which undertook the concrete patching, is charged with breaching its obligations to ensure workplace health and safety.

The complaints are scheduled for mention in the Southport Industrial Magistrates Court on June 26.



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