Air Synergy Pty Ltd, a company in Victoria which supplies, services and installs air conditioning systems, was recently penalised $15,000 after a worker sustained serious injuries.
On 16 January 2018, an apprentice employee sustained serious injuries subsequent to falling from height of approximately three metres while installing an evaporative cooling system on a single level pitch roof at a residential premises in Tarneit.
While positioning a dropper unit inside the roof cavity, the apprentice inadvertently turned on a water supply fitting inside the roof which covered the roof with water.
The apprentice slid down the roof, hit a colour bond fence with his back and fell to the ground sustaining serious injuries.
There was a risk to the health and safety of employees as a result of the offender not conducting a job analysis to identify the relevant fall hazards and risks and outlining the way employees were required to carry out tasks, failing to ensure that employees used a fall arrest system such as safety harnesses, and not providing employees with the necessary instruction, information and training to safely work at heights.
It was reasonably practicable for the offender to reduce or eliminate risk by ensuring that a risk assessment was undertaken prior to the commencement of work and fall protection was in place.
Air Synergy was sentenced, without conviction, to one-year good behaviour bond with a contribution of $15,000 to the Court Fund and was ordered to pay costs in the sum of $1,638.83.
Australian Institute of Health & Safety
January 20, 2021