Builder fined $70K over worker’s fall injuries


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A builder has been convicted and fined $70,000 after a worker suffered serious injuries in a fall from a two-storey house in Warrnambool.

The company was found guilty on Friday of two contraventions of the OHS Act for failing to ensure it provided, as far as reasonably practicable, a safe workplace.

The victim and his colleague were installing solar panels on the roof of the property in January 2017 when he fell onto the front lawn.

The worker suffered received broken ribs and neck injuries.

A Worksafe investigation found that there was no evidence of fall protection being used for work within two metres of the roof edge. There was also no Safe Work Method Statement in place for the high-risk work.

“As we have seen recently and consistently over a number of years, the risk of falls on construction sites is real, and the consequences are both heartbreaking and life-altering,” said WorkSafe Acting Director of Health and Safety Paul Fowler.

“This fine and conviction should serve as a warning to all employers that failing to protect workers who are required to operate at height is simply inexcusable.”

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