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WorkSafe Victoria charges Essendon for OHS breach

ESSENDON is facing further complications as a result of the 2012 supplements scandal, this time courtesy of WorkSafe Victoria.

The Bombers have been charged with two breaches of the 2004 OHS Act and if found guilty are facing a fine of up to $305,000.

The first relates to Section 21(1), for "failing to provide and maintain for employees a working environment that is, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health."

The second deals with 21(2)(a), "failing to provide and maintain for employees a system of work that is, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health."

In a statement on its website, WorkSafe Victoria noted the "significant public interest in the details surrounding this matter", but cannot comment further until the case is heard before the Melbourne Magistrates' Court.

WorkSafe Victoria also said it had completed a widespread investigation into alleged breaches of the OHS Act by the AFL, but "it could not be established to the requisite standard" that the AFL breached the act.

Essendon released a statement saying it has been "assisting WorkSafe with its investigation and agreed to the charges laid."

"The charges reflect the governance failings of the club at that time, which the club has accepted responsibility."

Monday's announcement comes almost 30 months after the work safety watchdog initially told AFL.com.au there were better placed organisations to investigate the happenings at Essendon.

"WorkSafe is not investigating this matter as more appropriate bodies are looking into the issue," a spokesman told AFL.com.au in July 2013.

But WorkSafe did go on to launch an investigation into not only Essendon, but all Victorian-based clubs.