Injuries due to falls when there is a known risk of working at height are never acceptable – that’s the message from WorkSafe New Zealand after a construction firm was sentenced recently for an incident involving a worker falling from a roof with no edge protection, through a glass table onto concrete.
A WorkSafe investigation revealed that the company had failed to identify the risk of falling and failed to put any fall protection in place. It also failed to ensure workers were trained and instructed to safely work from a height.
WorkSafe said more injuries happened on residential building sites. This is probably due to complacency or the thought that falls from lower heights aren’t that serious, but as Brett Murray General manager and operations and specialist services put it, even a fall from the roof of a single story can be fatal.
He also reminded the industry that the best controls are the ones that don’t require active judgement on the part of the worker. Find out more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/12/company-nz-fined-workers-serious-fall-injuries/#.Wk2__jclHQV
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