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NSW: scaffolding company pleads guilty

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Date: 
Tuesday, 2 August, 2022 - 12:00
Category: 
Incidents & prosecutions
Location: 
New South Wales

A scaffolding company has plead guilty to a Category 1 offence under NSW’s workplace safety laws, in relation to the scaffolding collapse on 1 April 2019 at a construction site that resulted in the death of young worker, Christopher Cassaniti, and serious injuries to another worker.

Synergy Scaffolding Services, which was contracted to supply, erect, protect and maintain scaffold at the Macquarie Park site, recently pleaded guilty to a Category 1 offence, pursuant to sections 31 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 in the NSW District Court.
The matter is listed for sentencing on 21 November 2022.

Former Minister for Fair Trading Eleni Petinos said it is one of the first prosecutions of its kind for SafeWork NSW since major amendments were introduced to strengthen work health safety laws in 2020.

“No family should ever have to experience the tragedy of losing a loved one through an incident at work as the Cassinitis did,” Minister Petinos said.

“This is a reminder that our work health safety laws are important and must be upheld by all operators.”