November 13, 2023

EnergyAustralia Yallourn today confirmed that WorkSafe Victoria has advised it has commenced proceedings in relation to five offences under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic).

No employees or contractors were harmed as a result of the incident, there was no risk to the neighbouring community and there was no disruption to power generation.

The alleged offences relate to a fire at the Coal Transfer Building at Yallourn, two years ago, on 11 November 2021.

EnergyAustralia fully cooperated with WorkSafe Victoria’s investigation of this incident.  Following the incident, EnergyAustralia proactively made changes to its systems for fire management, including procedural changes and additional training for staff.

EnergyAustralia takes the charges seriously, as the safety of our people, contractors and the Latrobe Valley community is of fundamental importance to us. 

We work hard to make our operations as safe as they can be. For example, this year we have commenced a $400 million investment in Yallourn to ensure its safety and reliability until its planned closure in mid-2028.

EnergyAustralia does not intend to comment further in response to the charges at this time. 

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