Company and Directors Fined After Worker Falls on Site

A fall at a residential construction site in Darwin and the resulting serious injuries inflicted upon a worker has resulted in 2 companies and their directors being charged by NT WorkSafe.

The incident happened in August 2016 when a 19 year old worker fell almost 3 metres through a void, breaking his left femur.

WorkSafe said there were a number of work from height issues including a lack of fall or edge protection, among other safety issues.

The site was also allegedly unsupervised at the time and the workers on site didn’t speak English fully which resulted in delays getting medical assistance for the injured worker.

This incident once again highlights the importance of work from height safety. Read more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/02/charges-laid-young-workers-fall-injuries-darwin/#.Wpg7KOclE1l

Ladder Fall Lands NSW Man in Hospital

The risk associated with the use of ladders is often underestimated and most people become complacent about ladder safety which is why we see so many ladder related injuries especially at home and on the job site.

Another ladder incident has taken place in south-eastern New South Wales and resulted in pelvic injuries for one worker who had to be airlifted to hospital.

The accident occurred just south of Nowra recently when the man fell 2 metres from the ladder and had to be flown to St George Hospital for treatment.

In the construction industry, falls from heights are responsible for 96 fatalities over the last decade to 2016. It is the main cause of fatalities in the construction and construction services industries.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/01/ladder-fall-lands-nsw-man-hospital/#.WnikD-clHQU

Worker’s Debilitating Fall Injury Results in Fine for Employer

WorkSafe New Zealand has warned the construction industry that workplace injuries from falls from height are not acceptable.

A worker recently fell from a roof with no edge protection through a glass table onto concrete resulting in a fine for the company responsible. It was revealed that 2 workers were on the roof and exposed to the risk of fall.

An investigation by WorkSafe revealed that businesses failed to identify the risk of fall and failed to put fall protection into place. Many businesses failed to provide training and work from height instruction for workers.

WorkSafe stressed that the best controls are those  that don’t require active judgement by a worker, including edge protection or scaffolding.

 

Read more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/12/company-nz-fined-workers-serious-fall-injuries/#.WjYnUze1s1l

Blitz to Reduce Construction Deaths

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Employers in the construction industry, putting the safety of workers at risk should be aware that SafeWork NSW will be targeting dodgy construction sites over the next year.

A year long safety blitz has been launched which will involve inspectors visiting sites around the state and checking up on work from height safety in particular as well as other safety issues.

Falls from height are the biggest killer on construction sites in the state and the number of people killed has tripled over the last 5 years.

This year, 8 people died as a result of  a fall on a work site.
Inspectors will also take the opportunity to put the latest workplace laws into practice which came into effect on November 1st. Under the new laws inspectors can issue spot fines of up to $3600 to businesses that don’t comply. Find out more at https://prwire.com.au/pr/74501/nsw-safety-blitz-to-target-falls-from-heights

Sydney Construction Workers Fall from Scaffolding

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Two workers fell from a scaffolding at a construction site in north-west Sydney recently and had to be rushed to Royal North Shore Hospital in a serious condition.

The 2 men, were at work on a Meriton Street in Gladesville when the fall incident occurred.

The workers, believed to be in their twenties, were treated for lower leg injuries.

A NSW Ambulance spokesperson said a rescue operation had to be undertaken because the 2 men could not be accessed. The one was able to lower himself down from the scaffolding and the other moved down to a lower level where he was removed by emergency personnel.

See more at http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/two-men-fall-from-scaffolding-on-sydney-construction-site-20171121-gzpjul.html

Construction Worker injured at Blacktown Hospital

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A serious accident has taken place on a construction site at Blacktown, resulting in injuries for one construction worker.

The man is in a serious but stable condition since falling 3 metres onto concrete while working from height at Blacktown Hospital recently.

The 29 year old man sustained a severe head injury in the fall and was attended to by CareFlight’s rapid response rescue personnel.

The man was treated at the scene and placed in an induced coma to stabilise his breathing before transporting him by road ambulance to Westmead Hospital.

Falls from heights, even those perceived as “low” can result in serious injuries. Find out more http://www.blacktownsun.com.au/story/4986974/construction-worker-severely-injured-at-blacktown-hospital/

Man Airlifted After Ladder Fall

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The latest serious ladder incident involved an elderly man working on the roof of his friend’s house near Curra, north of Gympie.

According to reports, the man in his seventies lost his footing and fell, suffering head injuries.

He was treated on the scene before being airlifted via RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital for further treatment.

The man was fortunate to be in a stable condition, but the consequences could have been alot worse.

Although we don’t know the reason for the fall, we do know that falls from ladders accounted for 28 per cent of the fall related hospitalisations between July 2006 and June 2009.

Sadly complacency towards work from heights often leads to incidents like this and worse.

Find out more at: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/10/elderly-man-airlifted-ladder-fall/#.WfXnAIi1vIV

Queensland Worker Injured After Falling from Height

A worker is in hospital after falling from height while undertaking renovations to a house in Queensland.

According to reports, paramedics were called to the scene near Stanage Bay to attend to the man in his seventies.

He was treated at the scene by ambulance paramedics and was later airlifted to Rockhampton Base Hospital for further treatment.

Safe Work Australia figures show that between July 2006 to June 2009, 6900 workers were hospitalised following a fall from height. This accounted for 9 per cent of all workers hospitalised in that period. Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/07/queensland-worker-injured-falling-height/#.WWiwjOklHIV

Worker Injured After Falling from Roof

A worker in Western Australia is recovering in hospital after falling from a roof at a property about 21km south of Perth.

The man in his twenties is recovering in hospital after he slipped and fell on Tuesday morning.

The man is lucky to be alive after suffering suspected spinal injuries after landing on a first floor balcony, on his back.

Paramedics were called to the scene where they treated the man before transporting him to The Royal Perth Hospital for specialist treatment.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/05/tradesman-injured-falling-roof/#.WRmwJ8axUl0

Scaffolding Incident Lands Worker in Hospital

A workplace accident has left a man with serious injuries, after falling more than 5 metres from a scaffolding.

The man was at a worksite in northeast Victoria when the incident occurred, approximately 28km south of Wodonga.

Around 8:45am the man in his fifties was conducting electrical work on a shed when the scaffolding supporting him tipped over, causing him to fall to the ground. He suffered serious injuries and was rushed to Albury Hospital for treatment.

The incident is under investigation.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/02/worker-hospitalised-falling-scaffolding/#.WKN2d39WXqV