De Geest Construction Limited
Court Summary - at a glance
- Ensure the hazard of a fall from height is managed in accordance with industry standards, in particular installing edge protection or using a guard-railed work platform to prevent workers from falling while working at height;
- Use a harness with a short lanyard attached to a secured anchorage for short-duration work on a flat roof without edge protection; and
- Discuss control measures for working at height with employees and document the approach to working at height safely including:
- ensure access equipment such as ladders are maintained and safe for use in the workplace;
- ensure ladders are effectively secured to prevent them from slipping or falling; and
- monitor work at height to ensure that control measures in place are effective.
The victim is employed by the Defendant as a Carpenter/Foreman.
On the day of the incident, the victim was working on the roof of a Portacom. He was using an “A-frame” ladder in the extended position to access the roof. The ladder had worn feet. When the victim was climbing down from the roof using the ladder, it slipped and he fell nearly three metres onto a concrete floor.
The victim suffered a fractured arm and a dislocated shoulder.