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January 2020

Fined by court despite no injury to workers

Fined by court despite no injury to workers

WorkSafe Victoria v Fountain Downs Pty Ltd (2016)

Facts

On 25 March 2015, Fountain Downs Pty Ltd was constructing a two-storey residential house when a WorkSafe Victoria inspector attended the workplace and observed that workers on the second level balcony were not protected from a fall risk. There were no hand rails on the scaffold and the workers were working in close proximity to the edge.

A prosecution was brought against Fountain Downs despite the fact there were no injuries. However, there was a risk of death or serious injury due to a person being able to fall more than 2 metres. (When working from the scaffold, the risk of falling to the ground was in excess of 5.5 metres).

Judgment

Fountain Downs was not fined in this case, but granted an adjourned undertaking for a period of 12 months. The company was ordered to pay $3,000 to the Court to be returned at the conclusion of the 12 months. It was also ordered to pay costs of $3,386.

Lessons

You should be aware that there can be a breach of the safety laws even if no injury occurs. You need to be vigilant to ensure your workers are protected at all times.

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