Workplace watchdog has charged operator with four alleged breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act

Melbourne service station has been charged by Victoria’s workplace safety watchdog after a 73-year-old man was fatally crushed in an automatic car wash.

WorkSafe Victoria said a Mulgrave man in 2019 drove into the car wash in the city’s south-east before getting out of his car to re-enter an access code.

When he tried to get back into his car he was crushed as the wash cycle started, with his car door becoming stuck against a gantry, WorkSafe said.

The 73-year-old died from his injuries in hospital three days later in November 2019.

Chevron Australia Downstream Fuels now owns the car wash which at the time was operated by Puma Energy.

Chevron has been charged by WorkSafe with four alleged breaches of the state’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.

WorkSafe on Wednesday alleged Chevron failed to ensure the workplace was safe and without risks to health.

The watchdog alleges that Chevron did not erect signs to instruct drivers not to leave their vehicles while the car wash was operating.

The company also allegedly failed to fit anti-collision bars or other controls to detect impending contact between moving parts of the car wash and obstacles present in the wash bay.

Further, it is alleged Chevron did not remove protruding brackets from inside the gantry legs or install boom gates that would only allow entry to the wash bay after a valid access code was entered.

A filing hearing is scheduled in the Melbourne magistrates court on Thursday. Chevron was contacted for comment.

Extracted in full from: Melbourne service station charged over death of elderly man crushed in automatic car wash | Melbourne | The Guardian