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Metro Trains could face a fine of up to $1.3 million because a staffer flicked the wrong switch on high-voltage powerlines and caused an explosion that injured an apprentice electrician.
Melbourne's train operator appeared before Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged over an April 2016 incident in Box Hill that left the electrician wth burns to his face and hands.
The electrician was working on a 22,000-volt overhead line when someone at Metro's electrical control centre re-energised the line, causing the explosion, the court heard.
Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg asked prosecutor Cheryl Richardson if "someone messed up" in re-energising the line prematurely.
"Yes, your honour," Ms Richardson replied.
There was confusion in the control centre over which line had to be re-energised, the prosecutor said.
Metro was last month charged with one count of failing to provide a work environment that was safe and without risks to health, following an investigation by WorkSafe Victoria.
The train operator is yet to enter a plea but faces a fine of up to $1.3 million if found guilty.
The case is due to return to court again on May 7.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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