Builder Fined Over Apprentice Death

A building firm and its director, have been fined $88,000 following the 2013 death of a 21 year old apprentice at a Caulfield South site.

The building company and director pleaded guilty to one charge each of failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment.

The company was carrying out carpentry work at an apartment complex under construction when an apprentice installed first floor trusses and laid the first floor.The block wall was completed up to the second level where the apprentice and director were working when flooring sheets weighing a 1.76 tonnes were placed on the floor and the trusses collapsed.

The trusses then fell on to the first floor and then both floors collapsed to the ground. The director was injured and his apprentice was trapped under the debris and passed away at the scene. See more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/09/vic-builder-fined-death-apprentice/#.WbPsntG1vIU