MSF Sugar, one of Australia's largest sugar millers.

Incident Type

Electrocution of worker Brett Quinn during crane operation near overhead powerlines.

Date of Incident

July 28, 2019.

Penalty Imposed

MSF Sugar was acquitted of the charges, with no penalty imposed. The company is seeking costs from the Office of the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor.

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MSF Sugar has been acquitted of a workplace safety charge relating to the electrocution death of employee Brett Quinn, with a magistrate dismissing the case due to insufficient evidence.

Details of the Incident

Brett Quinn, aged 49, died on July 28, 2019, while operating a crane that came too close to overhead powerlines on a road south of Cairns, Far North Queensland. The incident occurred during the transportation of railway track pieces.

Operational Context

MSF Sugar, a major Australian sugar milling company, faced charges for failing to comply with an electrical safety duty. The company was accused of not implementing adequate control measures to mitigate risks from overhead powerlines during the operation.

Court’s Decision and Impact on Victims

After a trial in the Cairns Magistrates Court, MSF Sugar was found not guilty. Magistrate Michael Dalton ruled that there was no evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the company failed to implement necessary safety measures. An earlier industrial manslaughter charge against MSF Sugar was also dismissed in April due to a lack of evidence.

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