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Court Summary - at a glance
- Implement and monitor an effective system for both the frequent and periodic inspection of ladders which are available to employees to use at work; and
- Ensure that ladders with excessively worn feet are not used by employees at work.
The victim was a third year apprentice carpenter.
The Defendant had been contracted to complete remedial work on a home involving removal of claddings, treatment of structural timber, and recladding.
On the day of the incident, the victim was removing a first floor balcony, 2.8m above the ground using a ladder which had damage. All 4 feet rubber non-slip feet of the ladder were completely worn through, with the metal exposed. When the victim descended the ladder, the ladder slipped forward from underneath him. The victim fell, striking his head on the ground.
The victim suffered multiple skull fractures and complex head injuries.