Business fined over fall

May 22 2018

 FGS Contracting Pty Ltd and director Ryan Wayne Franceschi have been fined $225,000 after a 17-year-old Esperance construction worker sustained serious injuries.

 
Perth Magistrate Court fined the company on Friday, May 18, for failing to provide a safe workplace and for failing to ensure the employee possessed the correct high-risk work license.
 
As the company’s director, Mr Franceschi was fined a total of $102,500.
 
On May 18, 2016, the company were installing a large steel shed on a farming property in the Esperance region when the construction worker climbed a ladder without being provided a helmet.
 
Mr Franceschi was driving a telehandler before stepping off whilst it was still in operation, causing a steel support to fall and strike the worker.
 
As a result, the worker sustained severe injuries to his skull, jaw, shoulder and chest.
 
The court heard the worker had not received the appropriate training to perform the role and did not possess a construction induction training certificate.
 
General Safety Regulation Group acting deputy director Andrew Chaplyn said the case showed the importance of applying occupational safety laws in ensuring workers return home safely.
 
“This young man has been left with life-long consequences because of the safety failures of his employer,” he said.
 
“Our safety laws require all concerned to pay attention to training, protective equipment, and a safe systems approach to reduce the exposure to risks that continue to have devastating consequences for many.
 
“These fines represent a warning to ensure predictable and well known hazards and risks are identified and controlled.”
 
Source: The Esperance Express

Last changed: May 22 2018 at 10:12 AM

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