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Date PostedJune 3, 2018

Company Fined over Excavation Collapse

Construction companies can learn a lesson from an incident which occurred in Victoria, costing a construction firm $80,000 in fines after an excavation collapse which caused life-threatening injuries to a young apprentice plumber.

The company pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court for failing to provide a workplace that was without risks to health. They were also ordered to pay costs of $3,505.

The incident occurred as the apprentice and 2 other contractors were installing pump tanks at the site about 2 metres away from the excavated basement wall. The collapse left the apprentice partially engulfed and the 17 year old suffered collapsed lungs, 12 broken ribs, a fractured sternum and shoulder and damage to his pancreas. He had only been on the job for 18 days.

A geotechnical report had identified the site as at high risk of abnormal moisture conditions and advised that attention be paid to changes in soil moisture. Before the collapse, the site received 17mm of rainfall.

The court heard that the company, being aware of the risks should have supervised the contractors and prevented access to the site until soil conditions were properly assessed and the wall stabilised.  Find out more http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/05/company-fined-excavation-collapse/#.Wwms3SAlE1l

Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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