Vic company charged after worker breaks back in four-metre fall

Thursday, 09 November, 2023

Vic company charged after worker breaks back in four-metre fall

Metal fabrication subcontractor Karagata Aust Pty Ltd has been charged after a worker was seriously injured in a fall at Melbourne Airport in December 2021. The company is facing three charges under section 21(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace.

The incident occurred as the worker was installing a walkway to go underneath a new baggage conveyor on the mezzanine level of Terminal 2. He fell through a ceiling panel to the floor approximately four metres below, and was hospitalised with spinal, pelvic and rib fractures as a result of the incident. WorkSafe Victoria alleges that the company breached regulation 327 of the OHS Regulations by failing to prepare a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) for high-risk construction work and/or by failing to ensure the work was performed in accordance with a SWMS.

The company also allegedly breached section 21(2)(e) of the OHS Act by failing to provide employees with necessary information, instruction and training on fall protection measures. It is further alleged that the company breached regulation 44 of the OHS Regulations by failing to eliminate or reduce the risk of a fall with the use of a fall arrest system.

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