Worksafe v Coroner hearing over Hillcrest tragedy documents in Hobart today

July 31, 2023 9:52 am in by
A hearing will get underway in the Hobart Supreme Court on Monday in which WorkSafe Tasmania has commenced proceedings to prevent the coroner from obtaining certain documents related to the Hillcrest Primary School tragedy

Six children were killed and three others seriously injured when a gust of wind blew an inflatable jumping castle into the air on December 16th, 2021.

Worksafe Tasmania says disclosure of certain information gathered as part of its investigation may compromise any prosecutions for serious offences under work health and safety laws.

Worksafe has concluded it's investigation and files have been handed over to the Department of Public Prosecutions.

Under the Tasmanian Work Health and Safety Act, prosecutions can only be brought within two years of the incident, which will expire in four and a half months.

Work Health and Safety regulator Robyn Pearce says the Supreme Court action has been taken to ensure a fair and just outcome for the families of victims and survivors, as well as any individuals involved which may have had responsibilities under the act.