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WorkSafe ACT: Working alone?

Date: 
Thursday, 21 June, 2012 - 10:00
Category: 
Incidents & prosecutions

WorkSafe ACT is advising employers to consider the risks of working alone following an incident in Canberra when a painter working alone on a first storey residential roof slipped and fell. The worker suffered fatal injuries despite being transported to the Canberra Hospital.
 The worker was a self employed sole operator.“This tragic incident highlights two potentially serious hazards for workers,” said Mr McCabe.“The risks of working alone can easily be underestimated. It is important that workersconsider the hazards involved and take what steps they can to minimise the health andsafety risks that can be associated with that kind of work.”

“Working at heights is the second health and safety hazard highlighted by this incident,”Mr McCabe said. “Once again, it is easy to be complacent about this kind of work. Thisincident shows how serious the consequences can be if adequate fall protection is not inplace for workers in these sorts of situations.”

“My deepest sympathy goes out to the deceased worker’s family and friends. I can onlyhope that this tragedy will serve as a warning to other workers and their employers,”concluded Mr McCabe.
For more information, head to the WorkSafe ACT website at:http://www.worksafe.act.gov.au/news/view/1325/title/reminder-about-safety-for-workers