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$100,000 fine for demolition company after fatal wall collapse

Jul 16th 2021

$100,000 fine for demolition company after fatal wall collapse

$100,000 fine for demolition company after fatal wall collapse. 

A demolition contractor has pleaded guilty in the Ballarat Magistrates Court to one charge of failing to maintain a safe workplace following the death of a worker on a building site in Ballarat.

In September 2019, the deceased, a director of the family-run business, pushed over a timber support structure holding up a freestanding brick wall while demolishing a fire damaged residential property when the wall collapsed, crushing him underneath.

Employers undertaking demolition work should eliminate or reduce the risk to members of the public and employees by establishing and maintaining an exclusion zone around the live demolition area.

The company was convicted and also ordered to pay costs of $4213.

Read the original article on the WorkSafe Victoria website.

Electricity Safety Week 2021. 

Electricity Safety Week is being held this year from 6-10 September and is dedicated to improving electrical safety in Queensland.

It is an excellent opportunity to get involved with events tailored for industry leaders, electrical workers, contractors and apprentices to find out more about safety in the electrical industry.

Check out the WorkSafe Queensland website for the list of free events on offer.

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