SafeWork SA advised that the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEST) has been fined $120,000 by the Industrial Relations Court after a student was injured in a fall at a TAFE Sac ampus.
SafeWork SA report that the incident occurred at the Gilles Plains campus on 4 November 2009, when a construction student was required to walk across and stand on ceiling beams to help remove a panel. The student lost his footing and fell 4.5 metres through exposed plasterboard to the floor. He broke several bones and suffered serious and permanent injuries.
DFEEST, the agency responsible for TAFE, pleaded guilty to breaching section 22(2) of the Occupational Health Safety and Welfare Act 1986 by failing to ensure the student’s safety, failing to provide fall protection and failing to conduct and document a proper risk assessment for the task.
Bryan Russell, Executive Director SafeWork SA, said the incident reminds all parties that workplace safety must be a priority and that compliance with the Act is mandatory.