Having exceeded the regulated fire protection quantity of dangerous goods, the company then failed to seek the advice of the relevant emergency services authority regarding a fire protection system for the premises, and failed to have a written emergency plan. The company also breached regulations about placarding and keeping a prescribed manifest. The Environment Protection Authority and WorkSafe Victoria uncovered the stockpile during investigations into the storage of chemicals in Melbourne’s northern suburbs in January 2019. WorkSafe issued improvement notices requiring the site to be made safe, which were complied with. The matter is listed for a filing mention in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 26 February 2020.
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