KLS Roofing Ltd

Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
20 June 2013
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
$46,000

Safety lessons learned:
  1. A further hazard assessment should be undertaken onsite and safe work plan when conditions at the workplace changed. In this case, when the scaffolding at the rear end of the house was dismantled.
  2. Instruct employees to stop work until a further hazard assessment and safe work plan is completed; and
  3. Learn to communicate effectively the safe work plan to its employees; and
  4. Ensure that an effective means of fall protection is in place and used by the employees while carrying out work on the roof.

Defendant name:
KLS Roofing Ltd
 
Industry:
Building and construction
 
Date of offence:
20 June 2013
 
Facts in brief:
Defendant was engaged by homeowner to supply and fit roofing to a residential house and garage. The roof was wet due to rain earlier that morning. The employee carrying out the work and noted there was no fall protection in place. He sent a text to the Defendant asking for further instructions and was advised to continue with the roofing, working from a perch he was to construct on the roof. The employee fell from the roof onto the ground below. He suffered fractures to his collar bone, right shoulder blade, wrist and three ribs on his right side.
 
Offence section:
S6 Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
 
Date charged:

Court:
North Shore - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
$46,000
 
Maximum fine available:
$250,000
 
Reparation:
$10,000