Charges laid over swim school injury
A Victorian private swim centre operator has been formally charged by WorkSafe following a 2016 incident in which a primary school student was seriously injured during swimming lessons. The Department of Education and Training (DET) has also been charged.
DET is charged with breaching the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to ensure students were not exposed to risk arising out of a school-sanctioned swimming program. The operator, De Kort Enterprise trading as Swim and Survival Academy, was charged with failure to ensure the swimming centre was safe.
An investigation of the November 2016 incident has concluded with charges filed in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court and will be listed for hearing in Ballarat.
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