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Court Summary - at a glance
Ensuring that the hazard of a fall from height was appropriately managed by either:
- Installing edge protection. This is a passive group control which does not rely fully on active supervision; or
- Ensuring the use of an effective harness/fall restraint system, adequate training and supervision. This is an active individual control which requires a higher level of supervision and training.
The victim, an employee of an on-hire labour company, entered into a demolition zone while wearing a fall restraint harness without having their lanyard clipped onto the safety line system. The victim walked backwards while hosing down rubble and fell approximately 3.9m from the leading edge of the demolition zone.
The victim suffered a fractured wrist, spinal bruising and later it became apparent they also suffered significant head injuries which resulted in them being admitted to the ABI Rehabilitation Unit.