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Bombers to plead guilty to work safety breach


Essendon Football Club admits it failed to provide its players with a safe workplace during the ill-fated supplements program.

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Representatives for the Bombers on Monday in the Melbourne Magistrates Court indicated the club would plead guilty to two offences under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.

WorkSafe Victoria says the club, at the end of 2011 and in 2012, gave players supplements without taking necessary steps to reduce potential health risks.

The watchdog says the club should have done the following:

“Essendon players were exposed to risks to their health and safety by your failure to provide and maintain the system of work described,” WorkSafe Victoria documents before the court say.

The charges against the club allege the Bombers failed to provide a safe work environment.

Essendon is due back before the court for a plea hearing on December 22.

The AFL was also investigated by WorkSafe in the wake of the supplement scandal, but no charges were laid.


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