On July 16, 2010, 35 year old Brett Fritsch headed off to work at Adelaide’s desalination plant. He never came home. He was struck with a steel beam which fell from a crane, and was killed.
Crane contractor, Ferro Con (SA) Pty Ltd, could face a maximum penalty of four hundred thousand dollars. But supporters of Mr Fritsch’s family say the long investigation means the desalination plant bosses – who should have controlled safety at the plant – can avoid prosecution over the death.
A two-year statute of limitations under the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act, expired on the 15th July – this means no further charges can be laid.
And the family are not happy.
To tell us more we were joined on the line by Construction Union SA Secretary Aaron Cartledge.