Sydney builder fined after worker suffers traumatic brain injury

A Sydney builder has been fined $75,000 after a carpenter was seriously injured in a workplace incident in September 2015.

The man suffered serious brain injuries after he fell through an unprotected stairwell void at a Roseville residential construction site.

CTN Construction Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety of workers, specifically by not providing guard rails or suitable cover.

Better Regulation Minister Matt Kean said SafeWork investigation found the worker had not been provided with information and training about the void. Investigations also revealed there were no control measures put in place to address the risk.

“The Sydney District Court was told this 67-year-old man sustained a traumatic brain injury, multiple fractures to his skull and face, a punctured lung, a fractured collarbone and minor neck fractures that left him in hospital for two months,” Mr. Kean said.

“Incidents like these are entirely avoidable – yet this poor worker has had to pay a high price for sloppy workplace practices.”

“It doesn’t matter how well you think you know a site, or your experience, incidents will happen when you get complacent and don’t provide a safe working environment,” he said.

“I recently launched a year-long compliance blitz to crack down on construction businesses that are failing to protect NSW workers from falls from heights due to an increase of incidents like this one.

“There are no winners in this latest court case but I hope it can serve as a reminder to all employers that the safety of workers must come first so everyone returns home safely to their family each night.”

In 2016, SafeWork NSW successfully prosecuted 32 offenders and issued 130 penalty notices.

The builder has the right to lodge an appeal