Coroner Concludes Lack of Work Safety Contributed to “Pink Batt” Fatality

A coroners report found that because of a “casual” attitude to worker health and safety a building company contributed to the death of a 19 year old worker installing pink batts in home roofs.

The man died on his first day installing the batts on a 42-degree day in November 2009.

He collapsed in the heat and was taken to Nepean Hospital with hyperthermia. He died later due to complications including muscle meltdown and organ failure.

The coroner at Glebe concluded that because there were no standard procedures for worker safety in hot weather conditions it indicated a casual attitude towards health and safety issues by the employer of the worker.

He went on to say that the worker was not actually meant to be installing the batts but he had agreed to help out by filling in for a friend, which his employer was not aware of yet they profited from the work.

The coroner said that the employer did not have procedures and did not train contractors and contributed to placing the worker “in harms way” without being directly responsible for his death.


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