Company slapped with a big fine over deadly wall collapse

A company has been fined over the Melbourne CBD wall collapse that claimed three lives.

Grocon Victoria Street Pty Ltd has been fined $250,000 after pleading guilty to one count of failing to ensure a safe workplace.

It comes after siblings Alexander and Bridget Jones and Frenchwoman Marie-Faith Fiawoo were killed when a 15-metre section of brick wall fell onto Swanston Street in the CBD in March 2013.


Sky News reported that Magistrate Charles Rozencwajg said every member of the public had been placed at risk as a result of the failure to ensure a safe workplace.

It was earlier revealed that Grocon Victoria Street contracted Aussie Signs Pty Ltd to attach advertising to the wall which the prosecution said increased the chances the wall would collapse, but did not cause it.

Mr Rozencwajg said a risk assessment would have shown the wall was likely to collapse within six to 12 months with signage, rather than five to 10 years otherwise according to Sky News.

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