Charges laid after worker suffers serious injuries falling 3 metres

Charges have been laid against two construction companies after a worker was seriously injured falling from the roof of a primary school in Darwin’s northern suburbs.

The 31-year-old worker and two others were working on the roof of a breezeway removing asbestos sheets from the exterior of a school building when the incident occurred on 8 April 2017.

At the time of the incident, the man was crouching on the edge of a void in the roof attempting to remove an asbestos sheet when he slipped and fell approximately 3 metres through the void onto concrete.

The man fractured his left shoulder blade and spine and was unable to work for 14 months due to the injuries.

NT WorkSafe will allege that the two companies failed to ensure adequate fall protection controls were used at the worksite.

The safety regulator will also allege that after the injured worker was taken to a hospital, the two remaining workers continued to work and both companies failed to preserve the scene of the incident as required under the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011 (the Act).

Both companies each face one charge contrary to Section 32 of the Act for failing to comply with a health and safety duty and also one charge each contrary to Section 39 of the Act for failing their duty to preserve an incident site.

If found guilty of both charges, each company will face a combined maximum penalty of $ 1,550,000.

The matter is listed for mention in the Darwin Local Court on Tuesday 16 April 2019.

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