$35K FINE FOR SOLAR FALLS RISK

AI Solar and Electrical Service Pty Ltd faced a $35,000 fine for safety violations during a rooftop installation in Leopold. Workers were spotted on a two-storey house roof without proper fall protections, leading to charges of not ensuring a safe workplace.

The company admitted guilt to two charges of failing to maintain a safe environment and was also directed to cover costs of $4,678.

During a December 2021 inspection, WorkSafe found workers on the roof, 5.5 meters high, without guardrails or proper safety gear. Although a safety plan was made, it wasn't followed, with available guardrails ignored.

WorkSafe highlighted the importance of preventing falls, citing 369 construction workers seriously injured this year from such incidents in Victoria alone. They advised using safety measures like guardrails, harnesses, or working from the ground to minimize risks during elevated work.

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