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Date Posted04/03/2018

Darwin Fall Incident Results in Fines for Companies Involved

Once again the importance of fall or edge protection has been highlighted by a case that involves 2 companies in Darwin.

The companies and their respective directors were charged by NT WorkSafe for an incident which seriously injured a worker at a residential construction site.

The 19 year old worker fell 2.9 metres through a void on the site, breaking his left femur because there was no edge protection. There were allegedly other safety issues which contributed to the August 2016 incident.

It was made worse by the fact that workers present spoke limited English which delayed the injured worker getting medical assistance.

The principal contractor at the site was charged for failing to comply with health and safety obligations and the director was charged for failing to exercise diligence. The company failed to identify and address hazards and also failed to ensure workers received the necessary induction training.

The injured man’s employer and company director were also charged. The 2 companies face a maximum fine of $1,500,000 and each director faces a $300,000 penalty if found guilty. Find out more http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/02/charges-laid-young-workers-fall-injuries-darwin/#.Wpg7KOclE1l

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