WorkSafe Victoria recently issued a call to employers to manage the risks of working from height after one death and a spike in serious incidents.
A 23-year-old carpenter died in hospital after suffering critical head injuries in a suspected three-metre fall at a Moonee Ponds construction site on 2 August.
The incident follows 11 serious incidents involving falls from height since 24 July, including:
Some incidents have also involved children, including a toddler who suffered head injuries after falling from a scissor lift.
Falls from height were preventable yet remained one of the biggest causes of death and serious injuries in Victorian workplaces, said WorkSafe Victoria acting executive director of health and safety Andrew Keen.
“The tragic death of this young carpenter and the many recent incidents highlight the very real risk of falls and the heartbreaking and life-changing consequences,” Keen said.
“We want every workplace to reassess the effectiveness of their fall prevention measures and don’t assume that just because you haven’t had an incident that your business is operating safely.”
Lagondar Nominees Pty Ltd and director Emil Lagondar were recently convicted and fined a combined $375,000 after a worker fell to his death from an unsecured cage elevated by a forklift at a Clayton warehouse in 2019.
In June, painter and decorator Adam Nelson was convicted and fined $40,000 after a sub-contractor was seriously injured after falling through a skylight on a property at Strathmerton in 2018.
In February, roof truss manufacturer Melbourne Truss Pty Ltd was convicted and fined $45,000 for a lack of fall prevention at a Cranbourne North building site in 2018.
To prevent falls from height, WorkSafe Victoria said employers can: