ROOFING COMPANY'S FINE HIKED FIVEFOLD

The fine for D Buck Roofing Pty Ltd, has been increased five-fold due to its failure in ensuring a safe work environment for its workers.

Initially fined $7,500, the fine was increased to $40,000 after WorkSafe appealed the original verdict, citing its failure to reflect the seriousness of the offense.

The injured worker fell from a height of approximately 4.2 meters while working on the roof of a building extension at a Donnybrook school.

A WorkSafe investigation revealed that the installation of safety mesh on the roof was incomplete due to the company running out of materials, and guard railing around the roof's perimeter was also unfinished.

The court emphasized the importance of following safety protocols to prevent such accidents and warned other employers against cutting corners.

WorkSafe highlighted the need for proper safety measures, including scaffolds, guardrails, and harnesses to prevent falls.

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