After a nearly two year long investigation, St Basil’s Home For The Aged in Victoria has been charged by WorkSafe Victoria, workplace health and safety watchdog, for its poor reaction in 2020 to a COVID-19 outbreak.
The facility in Fawkner, Victoria, has been charged with nine breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
In the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak at the facility, 94 residents and 94 staff tested positive for the virus and 45 residents died from COVID-19 related issues. During the outbreak, five other residents, who did not catch the virus, also died.
WorkSafe has alleged that the facility failed to notify workers that they had tested positive to the COVID-19 virus in July 2020.
The facility also failed to:
The facility allegedly failed to provide its employees “a working environment that was safe and without risks to health”, said WorkSafe.
Prior to these charges, St Basil’s Home For The Aged, Victoria, was investigated by the Victorian State Coronor in August 2020 to determine the causes of death of 50 aged care residents in the facility.
The state inquiry case still remains up in the air as in the initial stages there were issues with upper management declining to take part in the inquiry.
The WorkSafe case will be going before the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 1 August this year.
St Basil’s Home For The Aged, Victoria, was contacted multiple times for comment but HelloCare didn’t receive a response.