Brain injury leads to $330,000 penalty
Three companies, two directors, a project manager and a site manager have been fined $330,000 after a worker sustained serious brain injuries.
The worker had been moving building materials on a housing construction site in Western Sydney when he fell four metres through an uncovered hole in August 2009, said WorkCover NSW in a media statement.
He landed on a concrete floor, sustaining severe head and brain injuries – including a brain haemorrhage – tissue damage and bruising.
The companies and the individuals were prosecuted for breaching the NSW Occupational Health & Safety Act 2000.
The site developer and manager, Multiplus Group Pty Ltd was fined $110,000, and its director was fined $11,000 in the Industrial Court of NSW on 16 August, said WorkCover NSW.
The other companies and individuals had been prosecuted previously.
Carpentry company, Aleksic Carpentry Pty Ltd, and its director were fined a total of $135,000 in May 2012.
Construction company, Austar Constructions Pty Ltd, which supplied the site manager and project manager, was fined $50,000 in October 2012.
The site manager was fined $12,000 in August 2012, and the project manager was fined $12,500 in February 2013.
For more details, visit WorkCover NSW.