Two Companies fined more than $200K following construction worker fall

Two businesses have been fined more than $200,000 combined, after a worker fell two stories on a construction site in Ashfield.

Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said Deicorp Pty Ltd was fined $75,000, and Rock Form Group Pty Ltd $127,500 at the Sydney District Court for failing to comply with health and safety laws.

“This worker didn’t have the proper safe guards in place and as a result, fell two stories, sustaining horrific injuries including multiple broken ribs, and a fractured leg and ankle,” Mr Kean said.

“He underwent surgery and spent almost two weeks recovering in hospital. No one should have to endure an accident like this, especially when it’s completely avoidable.

“No one should be put in harm’s way, and SafeWork NSW will continue to come down hard on businesses that neglect their workplace safety obligations.”

The incident occurred after correct safety measures were not installed by Deicorp, the principal contractor at the site, despite the safety risk being identified.

Rock Form Group Pty Ltd, the formwork contractor at the site, did not conduct an adequate inspection before work commenced where the incident occurred.

“I hope this outcome serves as a strong reminder to all businesses that worker safety should be a top priority,” Mr Kean said.

In 2017-18 SafeWork NSW successfully prosecuted 59 businesses for failing to protect the health and safety of its workers.

Deicorp and Rock Form have the right to lodge an appeal.

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