Metro Trains in Vic court for worker burns

Amber Wilson

Metro Trains will face a four-day committal hearing in Melbourne in January after a worker was burnt while performing maintenance on high voltage powerlines.

The 22-year-old apprentice suffered flash burns to his face and hands between Box Hill and Blackburn stations on April 8, 2016 as he worked on 22,000-volt overhead lines.

WorkSafe previously stated the young man was working on an elevated platform when it was prematurely energised, causing an explosion, and it was energised again as he lay on the platform.

The incident left hundreds of commuters on the Belgrave-Lilydale line stranded at Ringwood station as services were cancelled.

The matter was briefly raised for mention in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday, when a contested hearing was locked in for January 29, 2019.

Metro has been charged with one count of failing to provide a safe working environment.