Friday 24 August 2018

Worker dies in hospital following serious fall

A man in his 40s has died in hospital after falling through a stair void at a housing construction site at Rosebud last week.

It is believed the man was carrying out internal plastering work at a townhouse before the incident last Friday.

He was taken to hospital in a critical condition, but died on Saturday.

WorkSafe is investigating the incident.

The man was the second worker to die as a result of a serious fall at a Victorian construction site in three days.

Last Thursday, a man in his 30s died when he fell into a deep trench at a housing estate at Wallan.

WorkSafe Acting Executive Director of Health and Safety Paul Fowler said the death was a tragic outcome following what was a terrible week for safety at Victorian worksites

“We cannot stress enough that the risk of serious injury or death from falls from height at construction sites is real, and cannot be ignored,” Mr Fowler said.

“Even falls from a relatively low height often result in fatalities or life changing injuries.

“The reasonably practicable control measures to be applied are known and readily available, and employers and workers all need to work together to put these in place to ensure they are followed at all times.”

Employers can:

• Eliminate the risk by doing all or some of the work on the ground or from a solid construction.

They can also:

• Use fall prevention devices such as scaffolds, perimeter screens, guardrails, elevated work platforms or safety mesh.
• Use travel-restraint systems, industrial rope-access systems, catch platforms and fall arrest harness systems.
• Use suitable equipment for working at height. A step platform with handrails provides a larger, more stable surface than a ladder

Extensive guidance on working safely at height can be accessed at worksafe.vic.gov.au or by calling WorkSafe’s advisory service on 1800 136 089 between 8.30 am 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Further Information

WorkSafe media enquiries: Kathleen O'Dwyer: 0435 409 975, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR Jeremy Venosta: 0466 733 523, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Public enquiries: Call the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday, email info@worksafe.vic.gov.au or write to Advisory Service, PO Box 4306, Melbourne, 3001.