Company Fined $2m for Reckless Conduct
A company has been fined $2 million for reckless conduct that killed an 18-year-old worker, two days after his birthday, and endangered many others.
An apprentice – and his colleague were performing work directly underneath a scaffold with a nine-level hoist, when the scaffolding collapsed onto them.
The apprentice died at the scene and his colleague suffered severe permanent injuries.
The judge ruled “The overloading of the scaffold, the lack of vertical bracing, the removal of the ties and the removal of the transoms made the likelihood of the risk occurring so high that it was almost certain”.
The company should have issued a stop-work order, restricted access to the scaffold until the issues were addressed and notified SafeWork NSW.
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