Review of West Gate Bridge findings has important lessons for modern infrastructure projects

2020 will be the fiftieth anniversary of the collapse of the West Gate Bridge which resulted in, amongst others, the deaths of 35 workers, changed Victoria’s approach to occupational health and safety (OHS), instigated a Royal Commission into the disaster, strengthened trade union influence and established an industrial antagonism to the John Holland group of businesses that continues today.

Panorama of West Gate Bridge in Melbourne at sunset in summer.

Last week, Sarah Gregson of the University of New South Wales, told a conference to celebrate Emeritus Professor Michael Quinlan’s contribution how a modern review of the disaster and the Royal Commission’s findings has important historical lessons that are very relevant to today’s politics and infrastructure projects. Gregson (pictured right) with her colleague Liz Humphrys, reviewed the Royal Commission’s report,

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