WorkSafe Prosecution Corner

07 Feb 2019

What happened

A roofing contractor was fined $240,000 following an accident where a worker doing work on a work trial/ work experience basis, was severely injured in a fall.

The defendant was engaged, with a co-defendant roofing company, to carry out roofing work on a “labour-only” basis on a large commercial construction site.

On the day of the accident five workers were using edge protection provided by the defendant and installed by the roofing company to cross a roof.  The victim slipped against the edge protection which gave way. He fell more than eight metres to the ground and suffered severe injuries. 

The contractor plead guilty and on top of the fine there were reparations of $19,250 for emotional harm and $3097 for consequential loss.

Key Takeaway

Ensure adequate training and supervision is provided to all workers in the installation of the edge protection system.

Ensure that edge protection is properly installed.


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