An incident during which a worker fell 5 metres onto a concrete floor is under investigation by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.
It appears the worker was attending to a radio tower on the roof of a storage shed when a skylight collapsed, causing him to fall through and onto the concrete floor below.
Alarmingly Workplace Health and Safety Queensland reports that more than 3200 worker’s compensation claims were accepted annually where a worker fell from a height. Of these fall from height claims 54 per cent are for serious injury with 5 or more days off work.
According to WHSQ there have been 2153 prohibition notices issued since 2012, 1832 improvement notices and 47 infringement notices for issues relating to falls from heights or risk of working at heights, so it’s quite clear that not enough is being done in the industry to address falls.