A witness in the trial of Bradken Resources has been accused of turning the blame on Wodonga employee Peter Watson for his own death.
Engineer Roger Kahler faced a second day of cross-examination in Wangaratta County Court on Thursday about his claim the 2014 fatal incident at the foundry was an "unforeseeable event".
"It is unfair and it is wrong for you to conclude that Peter Watson must have done something extreme or unreasonable that caused his own death," prosecutor Andrew Palmer said.
He accused the engineer of being "out of touch", but Mr Kahler maintained his view that Bradken could not have foreseen that a hot metal casting could have fallen from a skid steer loader onto an operator.
"I'm not here to place any value judgements on Mr Watson, it's a tragedy and I'd never do that," Mr Kahler said.
Mr Watson died on the night of July 22, 2014 when the 300-kilogram casting landed on top of him and caused the skid steer loader to catch on fire.
Bradken Resources has pleaded not guilty to the charge of failing to provide a safe workplace.
The trial will continue on Friday.
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