Shepparton company Kalafatis Packing Ptd Ltd and its manager had court cases adjourned on Tuesday.
They were appearing for their connection to a horrific workplace accident that resulted in the scalping of a backpacker in 2015.
T&R Contracting Shepparton Ptd Ltd, which owns Kalafatis Packing Ptd Ltd, was last month hit with a $60000 fine over the incident and pleaded guilty to one breach of the OH&S Act 2004 for failing to provide a safe work space in a Shepparton packing shed.
The incident occurred in November 2015, when Irish backpacker Annie Dunne was inspecting a conveyor and her hair became tangled in the rotating drive shaft.
Ms Dunne, who was 21 at the time, had her scalp torn from her head and also lost an ear in the accident.
Kalafatis Packing Ptd Ltd and its manager Dimitrios Vagelatos faced Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday on separate charges in relation to the incident, and both matters were adjourned.
Kalafatis Packing Pty Ltd faced 10 charges in relation to failing to provide a safe work environment and Mr Vagelatos faced two charges in relation to recklessly engaging in conduct that may have placed people at the workplace in danger of serious injury, and failing to take reasonable care for the health and safety of people who may be affected by his acts or omissions at a workplace.
The case against Kalafatis Packing Pty Ltd was adjourned for a two-day committal hearing, which will take place on November 22.
Mr Vagelatos’s case was adjourned to March 30, for a further contest mention.