Companies could face $1.5m fines

Mar 13 2019

 Two construction companies face the prospect of being hit with penalties of up to $1.5 million each if found guilty of charges related to a worker who fell three metres from a roof.

 
The 2017 incident occurred when a 31-year-old man was working alongside two others on the roof of a breezeway to remove asbestos sheets from a school building roof in Darwin’s northern suburbs.
 
At the time of the incident, the worker was crouching on the edge of a void in the roof, attempting to remove an asbestos sheet when he slipped, according to NT WorkSafe.
 
The man fell approximately three metres through the void onto concrete, fracturing his left shoulder blade and spine, and leaving him unable to work for 14 months, the Northern Territory safety regulator said in a statement.
 
NT WorkSafe said it will allege in court that the principal contractor, Probuild (NT) Pty Limited, and the injured worker’s employer, Breakthrough (NQ) Pty Ltd, “both failed to ensure adequate fall protection controls were used at the worksite”.
 
The only fall protection in place was a visual barrier made up of yellow hazard tape stretched between bollards and extension lead stands, it said.
 
It will also be alleged that after the injured worker was taken to the hospital, the two remaining workers continued to work and “both companies failed to preserve the scene of the incident” as required by the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011 (the Act).
 
Source: MyBusiness

Last changed: Mar 13 2019 at 10:40 AM

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