Roof Fall Results in Injury for One Man

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.


Grisly Find on Melbourne Roof

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A man’s body was recently discovered on the roof of a house in Melbourne where it is believed he was involved with renovations going on at the house.

The body was discovered on Toorak Road in Melbourne around 7:00pm. WorkSafe is investigating the cause of the death but the man was carrying out electrical work at the time which probably played a part in his death.

Reports say the man was in his twenties and was working alone on the roof.

A police report is being prepared for the coroner.

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Even Falls from Low Heights Can be Serious

careflightAnother workplace incident involving a fall from height has taken place at a construction site in Rosedale, north of Bundaberg recently.

The man suffered serious head and spinal injuries after falling 2 metres. This incident proves that even falls from relatively low heights can be serious.

The man, in his thirties had to rushed to Bundaberg Base Hospital by RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter.

This worker is lucky to be alive. This year already there have been 63 Australian workers killed at work, according to Safe Work Australia figures.

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$25,000 Fine for Employer Responsible for Plasterer Fall

gavelFalls from heights still account for the most workplace injuries, particularly in the construction industry.

A recent incident is a reminder of the consequences of failing to ensure that employees and non-employees are not placed at risk.

A Geelong builder was convicted and fined $25,000 plus costs of $4000 for breaching the OHS Act 2004.

The conviction related to an incident that  happened on a construction site in Ocean Grove on the Bellarine Peninsula.

A plasterer was working on a work platform which did not have protective guard rails and fell head first off the platform.

The man suffered serious injuries including damage to his skull and spine.

Apparently the builder had a Safe Work Method Statement but the work had not been performed in accordance with the statement.

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Construction Worker Falls at Gungahlin Site

Yet another workplace incident has taken place, this time on a Gungahlin site.

A 25 year old worker was taken to hospital after he fell 3 metres at a worksite to upgrade the Gungahlin Marketplace shopping centre and landed on a concrete slab.

The man was taken to Canberra Hospital where he was treated and released the same the day. He suffered serious injuries to his lower back and pelvis.

CFMEU ACT secretary Dean Hall said the man was working to reinforce a concrete slab with steel cable when he stepped on a sheet of formwork ply.

The incident is being investigated.