Another incident has occurred forcing us to consider whether we are doing enough to guard against injuries and fatalities due to falls on the work site.
A 53 year old worker recently died after he fell from a ladder, on the mezzanine floor to the ground floor at a Melbourne site.
The worker fell 4.3 metres at the building in Maidstone.
The incident has prompted WorkSafe Victoria to issue a warning regarding work from height safety.
The authority says 20 people are injured every week in Victoria due to falls in the workplace.
Employers must remember that whenever there is a risk of a construction worker falling more than 2 metres, employers need a plan to manage the risk.
But that doesn’t mean falls from lower heights can’t also be serious. Even possible falls from relatively low heights need to be addressed.
Marnie Williams,WorkSafe health and safety director said just because a fall hasn’t occurred doesn’t mean the site is safe, you could just be lucky. We cannot leave safety to luck.