WorkSafe Victoria charged St Basil’s Homes For The Aged in Fawkner with nine breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act following the deadly COVID-19 outbreak in 2020.
The workplace safety watchdog alleges that in July 2020, after being notified by a worker that they tested positive to COVID-19, the facility failed to require workers to wear personal protective equipment (PPE).
It’s also alleged the facility failed to train workers how to safely don and doff PPE, verify that staff were competent in using it, tell staff when it should be used and supervise the use of the equipment.
In the outbreak, 94 residents and 94 staff members tested positive for the virus, with 45 residents dying from COVID-19 related complications.
WorkSafe Victoria charged the aged care provider with multiples offences including two breaches of failing to enable workers to perform their work safely.
St Basil’s was also charged with three breaches, after failing to ensure its employees were not exposed to risks to their health or safety arising from conduct of its undertaking.
The maximum penalty for each of St Basil’s alleged offences is a fine of $1.49 million.
The inquest began with a memorial to the victims.
The matter is listed for a filing hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on August 1.