Company pleads not guilty after employee's death

KILLED: Peter Watson died when a metal casting fell into a skid steer, which crushed and burnt him, at Bradken in Wodonga.

KILLED: Peter Watson died when a metal casting fell into a skid steer, which crushed and burnt him, at Bradken in Wodonga.

A WODONGA business has pleaded not guilty to workplace offences following the death of an employee.

Bradken, which has a foundry based on the corner of Osburn and Queen streets, was committed to stand trial on Wednesday, following the death of Peter Watson on July 22, 2014.

Mr Watson was crushed by a metal casting weighing 276 kilograms with a temperature of about 580 degrees.

He caught alight during the ordeal, which a police officer on Monday described as an horrific scene. 

His colleagues tried in vain to save him. 

WorkSafe has argued a skid steer used by Mr Watson was inappropriate for the job, and the company was charged with one count of failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment. 

The business entered the not guilty plea after being committed to stand trial.

The case will return to the County Court on March 16 for a directions hearing.