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UpdatesJul 31, 2020

Labourer dies from 3-metre fall

A 51-year-old labourer suffered serious head injuries and later died in hospital after he fell nearly 3 metres onto a tiled courtyard at a residential property.

A 51-year-old labourer suffered serious head injuries and later died in hospital after he fell nearly 3 metres onto a tiled courtyard at a residential property. He was stepping off the building’s roof onto plastic covering on a pergola when it gave way.

SafeWork NSW says falls from heights are the number-one killer on construction sites in the state, with dozens of serious incidents reported each year.

The regulator states that reasonably practicable control measures should be taken to manage the risks associated with working on ladders and roofs.

These measures include inspecting the condition of skylights, plastic sheeting and asbestos cement sheeting, wire mesh and anchor points before commencing work on a roof. To determine if a surface is safe to walk on, the material needs to be checked, including how it’s fixed and whether it’s brittle.

Operators must ensure:

If a ladder is required, several safety steps must be followed. Click here for further information.

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