Court Summary - at a glance
Ensure that containers used for hazardous substances on site were properly labelled and did not resemble containers used for food or beverages.
Provide adequate training, instruction and supervision to its workers in the safe handling and use of hazardous substances.
On 9 December 2019 AWSL sent two workers to the mother’s apartment. They conducted remedial work in the morning while the family was out, and were gone by midday before the family returned.
Shortly after arriving home the victim entered the kitchen where her mother was, choking and vomiting. She was carrying a transparent liquid that appeared similar to water, which her mother noted smelled like turpentine.
At the hospital the victim was tended to and diagnosed with accidental solvent ingestion. She had ingested a solvent known as Glasscorp Solvent Cleaner 7803, which was inadvertently left behind in an unlabelled drink bottle by one of the workers that morning. She was released later that night.
Costs - $1,823.58 in favour of prosecution (half of total cost)