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Court Summary - at a glance
- Ensure adequate fall protection is provided around areas where employees work at height e.g. a guard rail on the work platform;
- Ensure that employees who work at height are adequately trained to work at height; and
- Ensure adequate identification of the hazards associated with working at height on a machine.
The victim was employed by the defendant as a machine operator at the Greenhills Quarry.
On the day of the incident, the victim was changing a missing bolt in a Kumbee hammer mill machine whilst standing on a work platform. The part of the platform he was on was 1.47 metres high. The victim reached up and around a part of the machine. The section of the platform he was on did not have a guard rail, only a chain barrier. He fell off the platform and hit the ground below.
The victim suffered skull fractures, concussion, brain haemorrhage, left shoulder fracture, bruised hip, memory loss, neurogenic fatigue and vestibular hypofunction causing issues with balance. Pre-existing conditions of hearing impairment and tinnitus were also worsened.