Student dies on school trip, charges laid


Friday, 12 April, 2024

Student dies on school trip, charges laid

A Melbourne school and an adventure travel company have been charged after a student died following an overseas trip in 2019.

According to WorkSafe Victoria, the 16-year-old suffered diabetes-related complications while on a Kilvington Grammar School trip to Vietnam run by World Challenge Expeditions and later died in a Melbourne hospital.

Kilvington Grammar School Ltd faces one charge under section 23(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to ensure that persons other than employees were not exposed to health and safety risks.

WorkSafe alleged that the school failed, so far as was reasonably practicable, to reduce the risk of illness or death to diabetic students on school trips.

World Challenge Expeditions Pty Ltd faces three charges under section 23(1) of the OHS Act for failing to ensure that persons other than employees were not exposed to health and safety risks.

WorkSafe alleged the tour company failed, so far as was reasonably practicable, to reduce the risk of illness or death to participating students, including those with diabetes.

The matter is listed for a filing hearing at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 30 April 2024.

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