Mon. Jan 17th, 2022

A Melbourne petrol station has been charged by Victoria’s security guard at work after a 73-year-old man was fatally crushed in an automatic car wash.

WorkSafe Victoria said a Mulgrave man in 2019 drove into the car wash in the southeastern part of the city before getting out of his custody to re-enter a password.

When he tried to get into his car again, he was crushed when the wash cycle started and his car door was stuck against a gate, WorkSafe said.

The 73-year-old died of his injuries at the hospital three days later in November 2019.

Chevron Australia Downstream Fuels now owns the car wash, which at the time was powered by Puma Energy.

Chevron has been charged by WorkSafe with four alleged violations of state health and safety laws.

WorkSafe claimed on Wednesday that Chevron failed to ensure that the workplace was safe and without health risks.

The watchdog claims that Chevron did not put up signs to instruct drivers not to leave their vehicles while the car wash was in operation.

The company has also reportedly failed to install anti-collision rods or other controls to detect impending contact between moving parts of the car wash and obstacles in the car wash.

It is further alleged that Chevron did not remove protruding brackets from the inside of the portal legs or install toll gates that would only allow access to the laundry room after a valid password was entered.

A hearing in Melbourne’s Magistrates’ Court is scheduled for Thursday. Chevron was contacted for comment.

By Victor

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