Greens Industrial Relations Spokesperson Tammy Franks MLC called for an inquiry into SafeWork SA’s investigation into the death of Jorge Castillo-Riffo 2014, whilst speaking at a rally today.
The investigation was aborted by SafeWork SA earlier this year and Ms Franks will move to have the matter relating to SafeWork SA’s investigation be heard before a parliamentary inquiry.
Ms Franks stated: “Jorge’s death demands not just answers from the Coroner’s Office but answers from SafeWork SA as to why after 27 months the trial was aborted just days before commencement.
“Justice for Jorge means not only a Coronial Inquiry but also answers why SafeWork SA’s case was not able to proceed to trial.
“If the Premier doesn’t announce today that he will release to the public ALL the documents related to the SafeWork SA’s aborted case then the Parliament can make that happen,” she concluded.
Mr Castillo-Riffo was working at the New Royal Adelaide Hospital construction site on 27th of November 2014. He was found in the scissor lift, crushed against a ledge. He died in hospital the next day. After 27 months of investigation, the leading safety agency, SafeWork SA dropped the prosecution against both SRG and HYLC building companies just days before the scheduled ten day trial into Mr Castillo-Riffo’s death was due to commence.
The Greens will move to refer the inquiry of the failed SafeWork SA prosecution of Mr Castillo-Riffo’s death and other relevant matters to the South Australian Parliament’s Occupational Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Standing Committee when the Legislative Council sits at 2.15pm today. The Justice For Jorge Rally organised by the CFMEU(SA) commences from midday today on Parliament House steps.