A kitchen cabinet manufacturer has been fined $120,000 in the Sydney District Court after failing to protect the health and safety of a worker who fell 4.5 metres and suffered serious injuries.
The Wyong man suffered a fractured kneecap, wrist and elbow and had to be off work for months while he recovered.
The man was working in a cool room at the time of the incident when he fell onto the concrete floor beneath.
He had not received training to work on high risk construction projects or from heights.
The court found that the company had few safeguards in place to eliminate or reduce the risks involved.
SafeWork reminded all businesses of the importance of the right systems to protect workers on the job.
Last year SafeWork NSW successfully prosecuted 34 offenders and issued 218 penalty notices.
One of the responsibilities of employers is ensuring all workers have completed the mandatory safety training – The White Card course.
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