08:34 pm, Monday 26 September, 2011
SafeWork SA has convicted and fined D’Arenberg Pty Ltd, a winemaking company based in Southern Vales, for breaching section 19(1) of the Occupational Health Safety and Welfare Act 1986.
The company has pleaded guilty of failing to implement a safety system while at work, causing one of its employees to suffer due to a fall.
Investigation showed that on January of 2009, while its worker was at the roof of its storage shed in its Kangarilla facility, the roofing iron sheet gave way and caused the worker to fall four meters to the ground. The worker unfortunately suffered fractures to his skull and wrist, as well as trauma to his left eye. He remains permanently without his left vision, as a result, and is unable to return to work following the accident.
SafeWork SA cites that D’Arenberg Pty Ltd failed to provide the following when its worker was refurbishing the roofing:
- edge protection
- harness or fall restraint
- proper system of work
- proper visual inspection before the work was to take place.
The court’s Industrial Magistrate has asked the company to pay $90,000 in fines, which was discounted when D’Arenberg Pty Ltd owned up to their fault and made the necessary safety precautions afterwards.
According to SafeWork SA, falling comprises about 20% of many injuries in the workplace, which is why stringent safety measures are required.
Workers who are tasked to perform their duties at height are always at risk, hence safety measures must always be in place to avoid any untoward incidents.