Worker dies from fall at Doreen construction site

A worker from Kilmore who fell at a housing development at Doreen last week has died in the hospital.

SafetyCulture reported on June 29 that the victim fell 2.4m at a housing development around 8:10am at a Midland Rd. Site on June 28.

According to initial investigation, the man was on top of a house frame marking the location of roof trusses.

WorkSafe Victoria revealed in a news release that three of Victoria’s eight work-related deaths this year have been a result of falls from height.

On 13 June, a worker died at Oakleigh South after falling from a factory roof and on 3 February, a man fell 2m through the ceiling of a business at Highett.

Working at height is a major source of serious injuries and deaths in workplaces, particularly in the construction industry.

“This is a tragedy which should send a message to the entire community – employers and workers alike,” said WorkSafe’s construction director, Allan Beacom.

“Safety standards must be in place, and applied, at all times. The overwhelming majority of incidents of this type can be prevented at little or no cost.

“It takes only a little time and thought to put safe practices in place, but an ongoing effort is needed to ensure they’re consistently maintained.

“No matter what industry someone is working in, employers must ensure workers have the training and equipment to do their work safely and that they use it.

“Workers have a vested interest in making sure safety equipment is used and that short-cuts aren’t taken.”

More information on preventing workplace injuries can be accessed through the WorkSafe Victoria website.


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