Building company charged for failure to cover floor holes

Monday, 18 November, 2019

Building company charged for failure to cover floor holes

A building company has been charged with failing to apply mesh to holes or openings in floors after a labour hire backpacker in its employment fell 13 floors to her death through a pressurisation shaft.

Hanssen allegedly breached section 3.54(1)(b)(i) of Western Australia’s Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 by failing to install the mesh during construction of the holes or openings in concrete floors, according to WorkSafe Western Australia (WorkSafe WA), which laid the charges.

The company allegedly made repeated offences while working on the Concerto Apartments building in Adelaide Terrace, Perth, WorkSafe WA said. No other charges have been made in relation to the 2016 incident, investigated by WorkSafe WA, the regulator said.

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