Cleaning company fined after worker fall

A cleaning company has been fined $30,000 after a worker was seriously injured after falling from a roof in Geelong.

Parkton Enterprises Pty Ltd pleaded guilty in the Geelong Magistrates’ Court on Friday to failing to control the risk of a fall from height, as well as failing to provide instruction and training on working at heights.

The company was convicted and ordered to pay costs of $3,367.

It comes after two workers were cleaning extraction fans from the roof of a Barrabool Hills church in October 2018 after receiving instructions about the job via text message from a Parkton supervisor.

One of the workers set up a ladder against a metal awning that wrapped around the church, instead of using the designated building ladder access point.

After climbing the ladder without a safety harness, the worker was walking along the awning when it gave way and he fell about 5.5 metres to the ground.

He was taken to hospital with a crushed lower vertebra, a broken leg and a dislocated shoulder.

WorkSafe investigations revealed that neither worker had been trained in working at heights and were not being supervised by anyone who had been.

The court also heard that no Safe Work Method Statement had been prepared for the task.

Source: Bay939

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