Dural building company prosecuted after worker suffers brain injury in fall

Ministerial Media Release | 28/11/2017

A Dural building company has been fined $60,000 for failing to ensure the safety of a worker who was seriously injured during a fall.

Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said Billyard Homes Pty Limited was the principal contractor at a West Pennant Hills building site when a plasterer, 23, fell two and half metres through an unguarded void in June 2015.

“The Sydney District Court heard this poor worker sustained multiple injuries, including a major brain injury, which sadly left him unable to work or continue his studies,” Mr Kean said.

A SafeWork investigation had found Billyard Homes had failed to ensure the health and safety of the worker as they did not check if the scaffolding was safe or if fall prevention measures were in place.

Judge David Russell imposed a fine of $60,000 on Billyard Homes on Friday, November 24, after Billyard pleaded guilty.

“This year alone, eight people have tragically died in work-related falls, and many more have been severely injured,” Mr Kean said.

“Falls are not only deadly but they can easily result in workers like this man being injured so badly they are unable to continue work.

“But incidents like this can be easily avoided and I will continue to fight for every worker in this state so they can go home safely to their families each night.”

The court result also comes as SafeWork NSW continues their year-long safety blitz targeting construction sites across the state to ensure workers are properly protected.

Last year SafeWork NSW successfully prosecuted 32 offenders and issued 130 penalty notices.

The company has 28 days to lodge an appeal.

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