Charges laid after assault on youth justice worker

WorkSafe has charged the Department of Justice and Community Safety for alleged health and safety breaches.

Two charges have been filed at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court under section 21 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, for failing to provide and maintain a working environment that was safe and without risks to health.

The charges relate to an incident in which a youth justice worker had hot liquid thrown in his face in the Park View Unit of the Parkville Youth Justice Centre on 10 December 2018.

WorkSafe alleges the department failed to provide and maintain safe systems of work and failed to provide necessary information and instruction to reduce this risk.

The matter is listed for a file hearing at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 6 January 2020.

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