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$15,000 pane for glass company

 

A glass installation company has been fined $15,000 after a hired labourer became pinned under 30 panels of glass, each weighing 56 kilograms.

A glass installation company has been fined $15,000 after a hired labourer became pinned under 30 panels of glass, each weighing 56 kilograms.

Access Alum Australia Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe workplace under a labour hire arrangement and was fined last week in the Perth Magistrates Court.

In July 2009, Access Alum was contracted to supply and install the aluminium and glass facades of the Sky Apartment complex in Adelaide Terrace, Perth, and hired outside workers to complete the job.

The glass was delivered to the site in a large wooden crate, each contained 30 glass panels which weighed about 1.65 tonnes.

Worksafe, which investigated the incident, said the worker became pinned and suffered a fractured leg when the glass panels and the wooden crate front fell on top of him while it was being opened vertically, on its least stable side.

Acting WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said the case highlighted the importance of having safe systems of work in place at all times.

"This is a good example of a task not being performed in a safe manner, and a worker suffering the consequences of the lack of attention to safe systems of work," Mr McCulloch said.

"The court heard that the employer was not aware that crates were being unpacked in this way, but it really is the employer's responsibility to identify risks such as this and to ensure that tasks are always performed safely.

"In this case, the use of a steel A-frame trolley strong enough to support the crate while holding the glass panels at a safe angle would have been an easy and safe way to unpack the wooden crates.

"The worker was fortunate not to have been more seriously injured, and the case should serve as a reminder that both host companies and labour hire companies need to ensure that host workplaces are safe for the workers sent to  them."



From The Sydney Morning Herald.

Author: SafeWork SA

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