Worker’s Serious Head Injury Results in OHS Charges Against Shipbuilder

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At a shipyard, a wire-rope loop attached to a ship’s cradle broke as it was being pulled by a winch, striking a worker in the head. He suffered a fractured skull and brain injury. As a result, the shipbuilder is facing four OHS charges, including, among other things, that it failed to ensure that the operator of a machine or tool was competent and to take every reasonable precaution to ensure the health and safety of people at or near the workplace [Irving Shipbuilding, Aug. 26, 2015].