A Victorian building firm was fined $52,000 without conviction for failing to protect workers from fall risks.
The incident is a reminder to employers about the importance of providing a safe working environment to workers as well as a safe system of work and the consequences of not doing so. The company involved is lucky no workers were injured.
The fine came after a WorkSafe inspector observed 3 apprentices working near the edge of a 4 metre high double storey house without handrails or any fall protection in place.
The court heard that at the time the site’s supervisor had not been formally trained in relation to occupational health and safety and supervising housing construction sites.
Three months later, another safety inspector found more health and safety risks at another building site where wall frames were being put up without external fall protections.
Workers were also seen working from incomplete and unsafe scaffolding which was missing braces, toe boards and handrails.