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Court Summary - at a glance
- Ensure that either access is prevented to the top plate or appropriate perimeter fall protection is provided;
- Assess and ensure the health and safety competency of contractors and consult to plan and identify risks.
Low level scaffolding was erected outside the house frame and to allow access to the top plate via an access platform. The Defendant uninstalled safety netting without consulting BNZGL and without taking steps to ensure that the contractors were aware.
The victim and other builders were installing roof trusses using the access platform to get onto the top plate. The victim fell from the outside edge of the top plate. He hit the ground and was knocked unconscious. WorkSafe attended the scene and raised the issue of builders working on the top plate without appropriate perimeter protection.
On 8 August 2015 a WorkSafe inspector returned to the building site and saw another worker on the outside perimeter of the top plate without appropriate perimeter edge protection.