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Court Summary - at a glance
- Ensure steel plates covering floor penetrations are securely fixed to the floor (for example, using bolting);
- Ensure that warning signs are used to identify a potential fall or hazard;
- Use adequate risk assessment processes to verify the sealant and weight of the plate was sufficient to prevent a plate being lifted; and
- Communicate to other workers of a fall hazard where the hazard has not been isolated in accordance with health and safety plans.
In February 2015 an employee of the Defendant installed a steel plate over an opening in the floor but did not bolt it down. Later in April 2015, the victim, also an employee of the Defendant, subsequently removed the plate while working and fell approximately 5 metres through the floor. He landed on the concrete floor of the floor below and was hospitalised for approximately 3 weeks as a result.
The victim suffered a head trauma injury, fractures and a number of superficial injuries to their upper body.