9 September 2019

Rectification works underway as investigation continues into Dickson fall

| Lachlan Roberts
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A man remains in a serious condition after falling 10 metres at Dickson construction site. Photo: Region Media.

WorkSafe ACT has placed a prohibition notice at a Dickson construction site while safety issues are being rectified as investigations continue into how a man fell 10 metres from scaffolding on Friday morning (6 September).

Paramedics responded to an incident at a building site on Challis Street, Dickson, where they assessed and treated a man in his 20s for multiple injuries before transporting him to hospital in a critical condition.

WorkSafe attended the scene and placed a non-disturbance notice on the site on Friday as they began their investigation. WorkSafe ACT has now replaced the notice with a prohibition notice to enable rectification works to be undertaken.

ACT Work Safety Commissioner Greg Jones said building work cannot occur but identified safety issues on the site can be rectified.

“Our focus continues to be on understanding how this serious incident occurred which will assist in the prevention of future incidents of a similar nature,” Mr Jones said. “The prohibition notice means that building work cannot occur, but it enables the safety issues identified on-site to be rectified.

“This includes falls from heights, falling objects, electrical safety and fire safety issues. The notice will remain in place preventing building works until all these safety issues are fully rectified to the satisfaction of WorkSafe.”

Support is in place for other workers at the site as Mr Jones said WorkSafe’s thoughts remained with the injured worker, his family, friends and work colleagues.

“A fall from a height is one of the most significant risks on a construction site,” he said. “I expect WorkSafe will have a continued active presence on the site well into next week as our investigations continue.”


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