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Court Summary - at a glance
- Ensure that the work is planned so that workers were isolated from the hazard of a fall from height from the leading edge of the steel walkway;
- Ensure a group minimisation control is chosen (such as a crash deck or net), rather than an individual minimisation control (such as a harness);
- Ensure that any fall arrest system used was adequate and suitably installed so that it was safe to use;
- Ensure adequate induction, instruction and direction to workers;
- Ensure that the foreman/supervisors addressed unsafe practices by stopping work.
The victim was employed by an on-hire labour company as a welder. He was assigned to work for the Defendant erecting structural steel framework.
On the day of the incident, the victim was assisting other workers with some rigging work at height. The victim was wearing a fall restraint harness but had not attached it to a safety point. The victim fell four meters from the partly-constructed walkway to the ground below.
The victim suffered bilateral wrist fractures, left radial head fracture, bilateral epistaxis (acute haemorrhage from the nasal cavity), a cheek bone fracture and a chin laceration. He has reduced movement with tender bilateral wrists.