A company has been fined $120,000 after a worker fell 4.5 metres from a cool room in a 2016 incident.
The Central Coast kitchen cabinet maker was fined in the Sydney District Court for failing to ensure the health and safety of the worker, who was 55 years old at the time.
It was revealed that the man did not have high risk construction training or work from heights training. While the company had received a quote for training, they thought the cost was too high and that workers were experienced enough to undertake this work.
The company also apparently had few safeguards in place to eliminate or minimise the associated risks.
At the time of the accident the worker was assisting in the removal of air conditioning ducting from the top of the cool room when he fell 4.5m onto the concrete floor beneath when the suspended ceiling panel gave in.
The man missed work for months after suffering a fractured wrist and elbow as well as a fractured kneecap.
In 2017 SafeWork NSW successfully prosecuted 34 offenders and issued 218 penalty notices. Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/04/central-coast-company-fined-worker-injured-fall/#.WudAT5clE1k