Demolition company fined following fall incident

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A demolition company has been fined $75,000 after a worker fell through a skylight.

The worker fell 2.5 metres onto concrete. He suffered a spinal fracture, serious head trauma, and post-traumatic amnesia.

The company pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court under occupational health and safety laws for failing to provide and maintain so far as is reasonably practicable, a working environment, plant, and systems that are safe and without risks to health.

The company was ordered to pay costs of $5,225.

WorkSafe Health and Safety Executive Director Julie Nielsen said there is no excuse for failing to protect workers from fall from height as the risks are well known. At the time of the incident, there was no guard or fall protection in place.

“Sadly this worker has suffered life-changing injuries because safety controls were not properly followed,” said Ms. Nielsen.

“Safe Work Method Statements are there to ensure every worker on sire knows how to undertake tasks safely and they should not be ignored or changed without agreement.”

“Falling from height can have catastrophic consequences and WorkSafe will not hesitate to prosecute employers who do not control the associated risks.”

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