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Woolworths charged over death of homeless man run over while sleeping in a loading dock in Darwin

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Woolworths is charged over the death of a homeless man who was run over while sleeping in a loading dock

Supermarket giant Woolworths and a Victorian-based transport company have been charged over the death of an itinerant man who was run over in a loading dock at a shopping centre in Darwin.

The man had fallen asleep in the loading dock at the Hibiscus Shopping Centre at Leanyer in October 2016.

The driver of a prime mover, a subcontractor to transport group Glen Cameron Nominees, didn’t see the man and ran him over, NT WorkSafe said on Thursday.

The man died while sleeping at the loading docks of the Hibiscus Shopping Centre in Darwin (pictured)

The man died while sleeping at the loading docks of the Hibiscus Shopping Centre in Darwin (pictured)

Both companies have been charged with breaching health and safety laws and, if convicted, face fines of up to $1.5 million.

NT WorkSafe said it would allege Woolworths failed to implement a traffic management plan despite knowing the loading dock was frequently used as a shortcut by pedestrians and as a resting place by itinerants.

It will allege Glen Cameron Nominees failed to provide proper training to the driver, and failed to ensure the driver complied with its operating procedures which required physical checks of both the front and rear for pedestrians before moving.

The case has been listed for mention in the Darwin Local Court on August 21.

Woolworths have been charged over his death, and face fines up to $1.5million if they're convicted of breaching health and safety laws (stock image)

Woolworths have been charged over his death, and face fines up to $1.5million if they’re convicted of breaching health and safety laws (stock image)

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