Western Sydney businessman fined over workplace ladder death

A western Sydney businessman has been fined $ 60,000 after a worker died after falling from a ladder while installing security cameras in June 2016.

The 58-year-old casual worker sustained a broken jaw, injuries to his shoulder and hip, and severe head injuries in the fall and died in hospital the following day.

Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said on Wednesday the Auburn businessman was fined in the Sydney District Court for failing to ensure the health and safety of the worker.

The court heard that the businessman did not have a proper fall protection system in place.

Mr. Kean said the incident showed that falls can happen in a split second, and have tragic consequences if safety procedures are not followed.

“Mr. Li had been engaged to install seven security cameras at a mechanical repair shop in Auburn, and hired a worker on a casual basis to assist,” Mr. Kean said.

“He left the worker on his own, more than two meters up a ladder, while setting up a second ladder, but when he returned the worker was lying unconscious on the floor.

“It was a tragic accident, but one that could have been avoided.”

The minister said SafeWork NSW is currently conducting a 12-month safety blitz after statistics revealed that falls from heights had more than tripled in the last five years.

“SafeWork will continue to target workplaces that don’t have the required safety procedures in place to protect workers,” Mr. Kean said.

“We want to do everything we can to ensure a tragedy like this doesn’t happen again.”

The businessman has the right to lodge an appeal.

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