A man recently had to be rescued by a RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter after falling almost 4 metres through the roof of a pergola.
The man was working at a property south of Bundaberg on Thursday evening last week.
The man had suffered back injuries which he was treated for before being flown to Bundaberg Hospital.
The 64 year old is in a stable condition but the consequences could have been a lot worse. According to Safe Work Australia 200 or more workers are killed from falls from heights over 1 July 2003 to 30 June 2011. This accounts for eleven per cent of all workers who were killed over this time.
Remember, even falls from relatively low heights can be serious and even fatal. Employers and contractors should ensure the work environment doesn’t present any fall hazards, and that the risks are reduced as far as possible.