Workers Injury Safety News - Jul'08


 

ACT employer and person in control fined over electrocution death; Queensland pool manufacturer fined $45K over forklift injury; Quarry worker and senior executive fined over worker death; and Victorian builder fined over 2.4 metre fall.

ACT employer and person in control fined over electrocution death

The ACT Magistrates Court has convicted and fined Territory Commercial Roofing Pty Ltd and a worker who was in control of the workplace where an employee was fatally electrocuted.

In 2003 a number of workers were fixing cladding to a wall with 25mm screws. One screw penetrated an electrical cable, which made the metal cladding and the roof of the building live. The worker was electrocuted when he touched the steel frame of the building.

The Court heard that neither the employer nor person in control checked the course of electric cabling running along the wall where work was being done, nor had they ensured that power to the area was disconnected so there would be no risk of electrocution.

The Magistrates Court fined the person in control $12,000 out of a maximum of $25,000 and the employer was fined $30,000 (from a maximum of $125,000) for offences under the ACT Occupational Health and Safety Act 1989.

Queensland pool manufacturer fined $45K over forklift injury

A pool manufacturing company has been fined after a work injury occurrence where a worker sustained multiple fractures to his ankle after being struck by a forklift.

J. W. Fibreglass Manufacturing Pty Ltd pleaded guilty in the Queensland Industrial Magistrates Court to breaching s24 of the WHS Act 1995, in failing to ensure the safety of its workers.

Industrial Magistrate George Wilkie heard the forklift was used daily by workers daily, however the operator did not hold a licence. The employer didn't have safe work procedures in place, nor had it undertaken risk assessments of hazards of operating forklifts around plant or pedestrians.

After the incident, formal work procedures and risk assessments were introduced.

The company was fined $45,000 and $2,626.40 in court costs.

Quarry worker and senior executive fined over worker death

A senior executive and worker of Wongabel quarry have pleaded guilty to breaching the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999 after the death of a worker, who was struck by a caterpillar loader in 2006.

The senior executive pleaded guilty to failing to discharge his obligations under the Act. He failed to ensure that safety risks were at an acceptable level and to develop a safety and health management system for the quarry.

He was fined $3000 and ordered to pay $4000 in costs.

The worker was fined $1000 for failing to discharge his obligations under the Act.

Victorian builder fined over 2.4 metre fall

A Victorian builder has been fined after a worker fell about 2.4 metres and hit his head on a concrete floor.

The worker died after the workplace accident, but an autopsy report revealed the worker suffered a stroke and his cause of death was not a result of the company's failures.

The director of McCutcheon Builders Pty Ltd delivered two 3.6 metre trestles to the worksite, which were abridged at a height over 2 metres. Workers were not instructed or told what to do with the trestles, nor was any fall protection provided.

The worker was lifting a large plaster sheet while standing on the planks when he fell backwards.

The company was fined $15,000 for breaching s21(1) and (2)(a) of the OHS Act.