05:52 pm, Wednesday 15 May, 2013
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A roofing contractor was fined $2500.00 for conducting work on a roof without sufficient fall prevention system.
The contractor pleaded guilty to failing to provide adequate fall prevention where there was a risk that a person could fall two metres or more, and was fined in the Mandurah Magistrates Court last week.
In May 2011 the worker was seen by a WorkSafe inspector working near the edge of the roof of a single-storey tilt-up panel warehouse. He was not wearing any fall injury prevention system and had no edge protection. He was issued a Prohibition Notice.
He was previously issued with five Prohibition Notices between 2005 and 2008 in relation to working at heights without proper fall prevention system.
WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch was disappointed that there are still people who are not taking risks of falls seriously.
“It is evident that (the worker) just assumed that he was not going to fall from the roof and consequently did not bother to take any preventive measures,” said Mr McCulloch.
“Falls are a significant cause of workplace death, and 16 Western Australian workers have died as a result of falls in the last four years,” he said.
Mr McCulloch said accidents are preventable and encouraged workers to ensure that safe systems of work are in place.
“Falls are almost always readily preventable, and it need not be difficult or costly to ensure that safe systems of work are in place at all times.
“A Code of Practice on fall prevention has existed in WA for more than 20 years. The current code is comprehensive, providing information on the identification of common fall hazards.
“I urge any person or entity in control of a workplace that presents a risk of falls to ensure safe systems of work in place and that this code is available in the workplace at all times.”