WorkSafe Victoria has charged stonemasonry business, Hilton Stone Pty Ltd, with a total of six charges relating to a failure to control the risks associated with exposure to crystalline silica.
The business, operating out of Dandenong, Victoria, is accused of failing to provide or maintain a safe system of work by failing to provide proper controls for power tools used to cut, grind or polish engineered stone; and by failing to reduce the risk to employees from machinery, by having an appropriate guard in place.
Additionally, the business allegedly failed to provide businesses with appropriate personal protective equipment; failed to put in place health monitoring of employees; and failed to comply with an improvement notice.
Inspections were conducted at the business’ site in Dandenong between March 2020 and March 2021.
The matter was listed for a hearing on August 26.