An inner Melbourne hotel that housed some of the state’s most vulnerable people during the pandemic has been charged with safety breaches, with authorities alleging patrons were exposed to “unsafe” conditions.
WorkSafe Victoria charged Keyun Enterprises Pty Ltd with breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
The watchdog alleges the company, which agreed to accommodate a number of vulnerable homeless people as part of the Victorian government’s Covid-19 response, exposed patrons and contractors to risks to their health and safety.
The company, which operates Comfy Kew Apartments in the inner east suburb of Kew, allegedly failed to have a Covid-safe plan in place, failed to require contractors sign in on entry, and failed to enforce simple safety measures such as mask wearing.
The charges relate to protocols allegedly breached on September 28 last year.
A statement from WorkSafe Victoria claimed the company failed to provide a workplace that was safe and without risks to health.
“As a result of these failings, it is alleged patrons and contractors at Comfy Kew Apartments were exposed to risks to their health and safety,” the statement read.
The matter is listed for a hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on November 30 this year.
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