Melbourne Truss Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to Dandenong Magistrates’ Court yesterday for failing to ensure that the workplace was safe and without health risks.

The company was also fined $ 6,683 in charges.

The court heard a prime mover equipped with a loading crane deliver wooden roof trusses to the two-story residential construction site in October 2018.

After the trusses were lifted onto the building, a worker climbed the frame to the first floor to unhook the crane’s chain sling.

The worker, who was not wearing a seat belt, then sat on the chains as the crane operator lowered him and placed him on the truck’s tray.

A local resident videotaped the incident and contacted WorkSafe.

A later investigation revealed that falling more than two meters could result in serious injury or death. It was reasonably practical for Melbourne Truss to ensure that workers used a portable ladder to get to and from the first floor of the building.

Julie Nielsen, Executive Director of Health and Safety at WorkSafe, said while fortunately the risk did not arise in this case, the company’s crime was still grave.

“It is critical that all workers are properly trained, equipped and supervised to do their jobs safely,” said Ms. Nielsen.

“Falls from great heights are among the greatest killers of Victorian workers, and WorkSafe will not hesitate to take action against employers who do not address known safety risks.”

To prevent falls from a height, employers can:

  • Eliminate the risk by doing all or some of the work on site or on solid structure where practicable.
  • Use a passive fall protection device such as scaffolding, boundary grids, guardrails, safety grids or aerial work platforms.
  • Use a positioning system, e.g. B. A restraint system to ensure that employees are working in a safe area.
  • Use a fall protection system such as a harness, fall arrest platform, or safety nets to limit the risk of injury if you fall.
  • Use a fixed or portable ladder, or implement administrative controls.

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