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Date PostedApril 30, 2019

Charges Laid after Man Falls 3M in Workplace Accident

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Two construction companies have been fined after a worker fell 3 metres from a roof of a primary school in Darwin’s northern suburbs.The man was seriously injured in the fall.

At the time the 31 year old worker had been removing asbestos sheets from the exterior of a school building with 2 other workers. The man crouched on the edge of a void in the roof to remove a sheet when he slipped. He fell approximately 3 metres through the void onto concrete.

He fractured his left shoulder blade and spine and was unable to work for 14 months as a result.

The 2 construction companies were fined because NT WorkSafe alleges they failed to ensure adequate fall protection contols were used at the site.The company also continued work at the site after the fall, failing to preserve the scene of the incident as is required by WH&S law.

See more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/03/charges-laid-worker-suffers-serious-injuries-falling-3-metres/#.XLN55aQlE1l

Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning and web strategy firm based in George St Brisbane. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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