After the tragic 2014 incident that claimed the life of Jorge Castillo-Riffo,the construction company involved has implemented safety changes to ensure a similar incident doesn’t happen again.
The victim was working alone in 2014 when he was crushed between a scissor lift and the slab of the floor above. He suffered severe brain injuries and died shortly afterwards.
In evidence recently, State Coroner Mark Johns heard that the construction group involved, made changes that required workers using a scissor lift to have a “spotter” if the lifts don’t have a security cage or a pressure plate.
Sadly a tragedy had to occur before this company addressed safety failings. Other construction companies should learn from this incident the importance of implementing, regularly reviewing and improving safety controls on their work sites.
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