ADFA Cadet Severely Injured by Boat Propeller

NSW, Australia ( April 16, 2011

ADFA Cadet Severely Injured by Boat Propeller

ADFA Cadet Severely Injured by Boat Propeller

Australia’s federal workplace safety regulator Comcare, today launched Federal Court proceedings against the Australian Defence Force following a serious injury to an Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) cadet.

In February last year, Officer Cadet Oliver Minchin fell from an inflatable boat as he took part in a ‘fast boat run’, part of a training exercise at Lake Burrinjuck, NSW. He was severely injured after he was struck by the boat’s propeller.

Comcare will argue that the ADF contravened federal workplace safety laws by failing to take all reasonably practicable steps to protect the health and safety of its Officer Cadets. The maximum penalty for this type of legislative breach is $242,000.

Comcare Work Health and Safety General Manager, Neil Quarmby said this terrible workplace incident could have been avoided.

“In Comcare’s view, basic measures should have been taken, including the installation of a propeller guard and carrying out a better risk assessment of this activity,” Mr Quarmby said.

The matter will be heard by the Federal Court at a date yet to be determined by the court.

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