WorkSafe Prosecution Corner

22 Jan 2019

An electrical engineering firm was fined $332,060 after a worker harnessed to the top of a 30-metre high temporary transmission tower was injured when it fell to the ground leaving him with multiple injuries.

WorkSafe’s investigation found that the tower was not safely secured. The company was found to have failed to:

  • Develop and implement a safe system of work
  • Ensure the tower was erected in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Ensure the competency of its workers on the towers.

WorkSafe’s Head of Specialist Interventions Simon Humphries said the sentencing should remind those working in the industry to ensure they understand and mitigate the risks.

“The fact that tower fell in the first place is completely unacceptable. If you are expecting your workers to carry out their duties 30 metres in the air, then as an employer you need to have absolute and failsafe measures in place to keep those workers safe. This worker was lucky to escape this incident with his life but will carry the injuries and trauma sustained in the incident with him for the rest of his life.”

Key Takeaway

It's vital businesses implement, and can demonstrate, safe ways of working. A Task Analysis (TA) is a great way of showing how you are managing risk.