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MDS Found Guilty
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A jury last night found Melbourne Diving Services guilty of one count of failing to ensure people other than its employees were cared for under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1985.

Robert Grant, 32, of Clayton in Melbourne's south-east, died after experiencing problems with his rented diving equipment on a trip out of Portsea on January 17, 2004.

The company, now in liquidation and unrepresented in court, had seriously breached the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The firm could be fined a maximum $250,000.

Posted by lloyd_borrett on Fri, 20 Apr 2007 09:24 AM (1459 reads)

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Re: MDS Found Guilty (Score: 1 )
by lloyd_borrett on Thu, 03 May 2007 12:01 AM
The judge has fined MDS $200,000 after it was found guilty of failing to ensure the safety of an inexperienced scuba diver who drowned during a trip off Victoria's Mornington Peninsula.

The judge hit out at the company's safety procedures and described the company's breach of duties as "profound''.

He said the fatal incident could have easily been avoided if good procedures had been followed by the company and the employees.

He said while the company was now in receivership and any fine would not be paid, it was important to send a message out to the industry about its responsibility to its customers.

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