Falls from heights still account for the most workplace injuries, particularly in the construction industry.
A recent incident is a reminder of the consequences of failing to ensure that employees and non-employees are not placed at risk.
A Geelong builder was convicted and fined $25,000 plus costs of $4000 for breaching the OHS Act 2004.
The conviction related to an incident that happened on a construction site in Ocean Grove on the Bellarine Peninsula.
A plasterer was working on a work platform which did not have protective guard rails and fell head first off the platform.
The man suffered serious injuries including damage to his skull and spine.
Apparently the builder had a Safe Work Method Statement but the work had not been performed in accordance with the statement.