$25K fine after worker plunges from roof

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$25K fine after worker plunges from roof

A roofing works company has been fined $25,000 after an employee fell seven metres from a warehouse roof.

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A roofing works company has been fined $25,000 after a plumber fell seven metres from a warehouse roof.

The plumber was carrying out work on the roof when he knelt on a sheet that had slipped away from the timber rafter. He fell to the floor. None of the employees were using any fall protection when the incident occurred, and a safe work method statement had not been created for the work being performed.     

The court found there was a risk of serious injury or death from a person falling more than two metres through the roof while undertaking roofing works. The offender had failed to use fall protection for work at heights, and failed to ensure, as far as was reasonably practicable, that the workplace was safe and without risks to health. 

The company pleaded guilty in the Sunshine Magistrates Court to s21(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004. That section mandates that an employer must provide and maintain a safe working environment for employees so far as is reasonably practicable. 

No conviction was recorded but a fine of $25,000 was imposed and the company was ordered to pay costs of $5283. 
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