Building company fined $60K after worker suffers brain injury from fall

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A building company in Dural has been fined $60,000 for failing to ensure the safety of a worker who was seriously injured during a fall.

The company was the principal contractor at a building site when a plasterer fell through an unguarded void in June 2015.

“The Sydney District Court heard this poor worker sustained multiple injuries, including a major brain injury, which sadly left him unable to work or continue his studies,” said Minister for Better Regulation, Matt Kean.

An investigation conducted by SafeWork NSW found that the company failed to protect the worker from work-related incidents as they did not check if the scaffolding was safe or if fall prevention measures were in place.

The company pleaded guilty and was fined $60,000 on Friday, November 24.

“This year alone, eight people have tragically died in work-related falls, and many more have been severely injured,” said Mr. Kean.

“Falls are not only deadly but they can easily result in workers like this man being injured so badly they are unable to continue work.

“But incidents like this can be easily avoided and I will continue to fight for every worker in this state so they can go home safely to their families each night.”

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