SA: Government Department Fined After Student Fall

Following a prosecution by SafeWork SA, the SA Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology has been fined $ 120,000 after a construction student fell more than four metres.

The student had been attending the Gilles Plains TAFE campus when the incident happened in November 2009.

He had been required to walk across and stand on ceiling beams to help remove a panel before he lost his footing and fell. He broke several bones and suffered serious and permanent injuries.

DFEEST was prosecuted and pleaded guilty in the SA Industrial Relations Court for breaching the SA Occupational Health Safety and Welfare Act 1986.The court found that while DFEEST did conduct an internal investigation and amended its Working at Heights and Hazard Management policies, these did not go far enough to explicitly state the proper safety measures that would be necessary to avoid a similar incident,” SafeWork SA says.

DFEEST was also ordered to pay the student $ 20,000 in compensation.

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