Crane hire and rigging company convicted for work safety breach

A crane hire and rigging company has been convicted and fined $ 11,800 after pleading guilty to two breaches of Section 32 of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act for failing to comply with a health and safety duty.

On 2 February 2016, the director of the company, Top Development (NT) Pty Ltd, trading as High Rise Crane & Rigging Services was videoed climbing outside the tower crane without a safety harness at a worksite in Darwin’s CBD.

He was once again filmed the following day walking along the boom of the crane without the appropriate safety measures in place even after WorkSafe inspectors attended the worksite and given assurance that the activity won’t happen again.

NT WorkSafe Executive Director Stephen Gelding said he was disappointed that a director of a company would have such a blasé towards safety when he should be setting a good example for his employees.

“On both occasions, the director was working at a height of approximately 18 to 21 metres without appropriate fall protection,” said Mr. Gelding.

“A fall from that height would have serious, if not fatal consequences.”

He thanked the witnesses who reported the incidents to NT WorkSafe.

“I would like to thank both witnesses for being concerned enough to report the incidents to NT WorkSafe,” said Mr. Gelding.

“It would have been alarming for both witnesses from their seventh-floor office to see such a blatant disregard for safety.

“Company directors and managers should set the proper standards for their workers, especially young workers; by working in a safe manner and ensuring the company safety procedures are followed.”

The company was also ordered to pay a victim levy and costs totaling $ 3,500.

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