Essendon faces WorkSafe charges

Essendon is facing two charges from WorkSafe Victoria over the AFL club’s disastrous supplements saga.

WorkSafe has charged the club with two breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act over the Bombers’ 2011-12 supplements program, it said on Monday.

The charges were announced a week before WADA starts its appeal in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Sydney against 34 current and past Essendon players.

WorkSafe also investigated the AFL for alleged breaches of the act, but decided against laying charges.

Essendon is charged with failing to provide and maintain a working environment and system of work that is safe and without risks to employees.

In a statement, WorkSafe added that no charges were laid against the AFL because “following a review of the available and admissible evidence, it could not be established to the requisite standard that the AFL breached the OHS Act”.

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