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WorkSafe investigation into Hillcrest tragedy continues

4 October 2022

Inspectors from WorkSafe Tasmania continue to investigate the tragic events that took place at Hillcrest Primary School on 16 December 2021.

The investigation is being conducted under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012. It focuses on the events of the day, as well as all the circumstances that contributed to the incident. Large quantities of information have been gathered and subject matter experts engaged to assist with the investigation.

Once complete, the investigation file will be presented to the Work Health and Safety Regulator and the Director of Public Prosecutions, who will decide whether criminal charges should be laid for potential breaches of the Work Health and Safety Act 2012.

WorkSafe Tasmania is working closely with the Coroner and will provide information from the investigation to the Coroner.

WorkSafe Executive Director, and Work Health and Safety Regulator, Robyn Pearce said she fully recognises the public interest surrounding this incident.

“We want to reassure families and the community that WorkSafe Tasmania is doing everything we can to expedite the processes, while ensuring we maintain the integrity of what is a complex and wide-reaching investigation” she said.

See the Magistrates Court of Tasmania's media release about the Coronial investigation (external link).

Updated: 5th October 2022
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