Fall and Fine Could Have Been Prevented With Proper Safety Plan

 

Fell 10 Feet From Roof
 
New Zealand building company Keith Hay Homes Ltd. has been fined $22,100 after the employee of a contractor was seriously injured after falling almost 10 feet from a roof, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment.
 
The Auckland District Court heard that on June 9, 2011 three employees of Metind Limited were working on a single storey Keith Hay residential home in Glen Innes, Auckland.
 
“While reaching down to secure a safe hold on the ridge of the damp roof, one of the employees slipped and fell approximately 10 feet to the ground, fracturing his lower back, several ribs and damaging shoulder tendons and ligaments,” said MBIE Labour, Northern General Manager John Howard.
 
 
Fall Could Have Been Prevented
 
The MBIE Labor investigation into the incident found that it could have been prevented if the defendant had liaised with its contractor to plan a safe approach to working at height at the Glen Innes site and put in place appropriate roof edge protection so that no employee of a contractor was harmed while doing any work the contractor was engaged to do.
 
“Preventing falls from height is a priority for MBIE and we expect everyone with staff or contractors working at height to actively manage this significant hazard,” Howard added.
 
 
Best Practices for Working at Height
 
The Best Practice Guidelines for Working at Height in New Zealand provide practical guidance about how prevent harm.
 
To complement the guidelines a series of six fact sheets have also been produced. These focus on:
 
     how to plan a safe approach to working at height
     how to select the right equipment for the job
     short duration work at height
     edge protection
     temporary work platforms
     total restraint system.
 
“All employers, contractors and employees who are required to work at height should read the guidelines and fact sheets so they take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of those working at height. Doing nothing is not an option,” Howard concluded.
 
 

Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com Contact mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com

 

 


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British Firm Contractor Fined For Worker Fall

A building firm and a contractor in North Yorkshire, Great Britain were recently fined after a worker was injured following a fall while working on the construction of a new farm building, according to a report from The Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
 
 
The 36-year-old worker, who asked not to be named, was employed by Stephen Ramsey, trading as Up & Cover, who had been subcontracted by Waddington Buildings Limited to carry out steel erection work and cladding on the building at Brierton North Farm, Billingham. Both Ramsey andWaddington Buildings Limited were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). (WCxKit)
 
 
Teesside Magistrates’ Court was told the worker was standing on a pallet fitted to a fork attachment of a tractor, which was lifted to heights of around four and a half meters to allow the worker to measure and fit guttering to the building. The court heard the tractor was being operated by Stephen Ramsey when it unexpectedly moved with the pallet in a raised position causing the worker to lose his balance and fall to the ground.
 
 
He spent 15 days in a hospital after his left heel was smashed and his right ankle was fractured and treatment is still ongoing.
 
 
HSE’s investigation revealed Ramsey failed to carry out the work safely and Waddington Buildings Limited had failed to establish whether work carried out on their behalf would be done safely and whether Stephen Ramsey was competent to do the work.
 
 
Stephen Ramsey, pleaded guilty to breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £1,000 ($1,567) and ordered to pay £250 ($3920) costs. (WCxKit)
 
 
Waddington Buildings Limited, of Station Road, Brompton on Swale, pleaded guilty to one breach of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £3,500 ($5,484) and ordered to pay costs of £900 ($1,410).

 

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New Foundland Fall Protection Training Required for Number of Workers

Employers and workers using fall protection equipment must have completed an approved training program from a approved training provider according to the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission in New Foundland, Canada is advising. Training begins January 1, 2012.
 
 
According to a report from the Commission, workers who have not completed an approved training program will not be permitted to work from heights or to work with fall protection equipment in Newfoundland and Labrador. (WCxKit)
 
 
Under Newfoundland and Labrador Occupational Health and Safety OH&S Regulations, fall protection equipment is required where a worker is at risk of falling three meters or more or is working above hazardous or dangerous areas.
 
 
“Seven workers in Newfoundland and Labrador died as a result of falls from heights since 2004,” said Commission CEO Leslie Galway. “All workplace accidents are preventable and this new training requirement will help ensure these types of tragedies are not replayed across the province."
 
 
The use of fall protection equipment is required in all industries in Newfoundland and Labrador. These include, but are limited to, general construction, residential construction, road construction, roofing, utilities, oil, mining, fishing, and municipalities
 
 
The Commission recently developed the Fall Protection Certification Training Standard establishing criteria for fall protection training providers and trainers. Training providers wishing to deliver fall protection certification training should develop and submit their training curriculum to the Commission for approval.
 
 
Fall Protection Certification Training by an approved provider is valid for three years. (WCxKit)
 
 
Training is available through a number of providers approved by the Commission. For a complete list of approved training providers and courses, consult the Commission Web site at: http://www.whscc.nl.ca/PREV_FallProtection.whscc.
 
 
 
Author Robert Elliott, executive vice president, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. has worked successfully for 20 years with many industries to reduce Workers Compensation costs, including airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and manufacturing. See www.LowerWC.com for more information. Contact: Info@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.
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