Recent reports have emerged that reveal that safety concerns were raised at the Macquarie Park site where 18 year old Christopher Cassaniti was killed prior to the scaffolding collapse that resulted in his death.
A report by 60 Minutes indicated numerous emails had shown repeated warnings were made by the scaffolding company to the construction company, pointing out the safety breaches as far back as January 2018 with 2 of them warning that people may die as a result.
The company had allegedly received the warning after the scaffolding was thought to be tampered with and deemed unsafe. Reporters also have emails and photographs indicating overloading of the scaffolding with building materials and the premature removal of ties which secure scaffolding.
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The crushing incident involving a dump truck in 2016 has cost an earthmoving company $90,000.
A 26 year old worker was underneath the body of the dump truck when the incident occurred.
The Sydney-based earthmoving company supplies civil construction and plant hire services and was sentenced for failing to maintain a safe working environment for its employees.
SafeWork described the incident as avoidable, saying the dump truck was carrying 30 tonnes of soil that lowered onto the man who was an experienced repairer.
He was called in to inspect and repair the malfunctioning truck and was underneath the raised dump body at the time. The body of the dump truck was not properly locked, causing it to lower down on the repairer.
He suffered severe damage to his lower back and hands.
SafeWork said the worker should have been provided with adequate safety training for repair and maintenance work so that he could identify safety measures such as ensuring the dump truck body was secured in the maximum holding position by lever and locks.
A construction worker from central India recently survived a horrific workplace accident that resulted in him being impaled through the skull with an iron rod.
The 21 year old worker was busy on site when he fell into a well and landed with a long iron rod through his skill from the right temporal region to the left frontal region.
The man miraculously survived and was rushed to hospital where he underwent surgery that lasted about 90 minutes. He was lucky to survive but this incident is a reminder of the the risks involved in construction work.