The operation manager of a roofing company was recently fined $7500 and ordered to pay costs of $517 over an incident which left a labourer seriously injured, after falling through a skylight.
The manager pleaded guilty to failure to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting another person, therefore causing serious harm. He was fined in the Fremantle Magistrates Court in June.
The incident occurred in September 2015 when 2 plumbers were removing rusty metal roof sheets from a roof. Another plumber and roof labourer were cleaning up. The manager was aware that the roofs had several fragile skylights but failed to ensure safe work methods were implemented.
The injured labourer wasn’t informed of the skylight and fell when he stepped back. He suffered multiple serious injuries and fractures.