Fined for working 20 metres above ground with no fall protection

By Jeff Salton on May 18th, 2017

A Darwin crane hire and rigging company director has been caught on camera twice in two days climbing on a tower crane without the appropriate fall protection measures in place.

He was subsequently convicted and fined $11,800 in the Darwin Local Court after pleading guilty to two breaches of Section 32 of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act for failing to comply with a health and safety duty.

On 2 February 2016, the director of Top Development (NT) Pty Ltd, trading as High Rise Crane & Rigging Services, was photographed by nearby office workers climbing outside the tower crane without a safety harness at a worksite in Darwin’s CBD.

Despite WorkSafe Inspectors attending the worksite and receiving assurances the activity would not occur again, he was filmed the following day walking along the boom of the crane without the appropriate safety measures in place.

“On both occasions, the director was working at a height of approximately 18 to 21 meters without appropriate fall protection,” said NT WorkSafe Executive Director Stephen Gelding, who expressed disappointment at the company director’s actions and blasé attitude towards safety.

Mr Gelding said the director should be setting an example for his workers.

“A fall from that height would have serious, if not fatal consequences.”

He added that had the worker fallen, it would have been alarming for witnesses from their seventh floor office, who reported the incidents, to see such a blatant disregard for safety.

The company was also ordered to pay a victim levy and costs totalling $3,500.

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