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WorkSafe charges Energy Australia over 2018 death of worker at Yallourn Power Station

Energy Australia operates Yallourn power station in Victoria's Latrobe Valley. (ABC Gippsland: Jarrod Whittaker)

WorkSafe has charged Energy Australia with three breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act over the 2018 death of Graeme Edwards, who was fatally burnt while working at Yallourn Power Station in Latrobe Valley.

It is a backflip from the Victorian regulator, which announced in November last year that the company would not face any charges over the death, much to the disgust of Mr Edwards's friends, colleagues and unions.

Wednesday's decision comes after a review by the Director of Public Prosecutions, which was demanded by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union.

Mr Edwards, 54, died when he was badly burnt in an electrical short circuit while performing routine maintenance at the plant on November 12, 2018.

Graeme Edwards worked at the Yallourn plant for more than 30 years. (Supplied: Energy Australia)

An internal investigation by Energy Australia found Mr Edwards was doing his job exactly as he had been trained, but the source of the high voltage power had not been adequately barricaded to protect workers.

Energy Australia will face the Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court on January 13.

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