Fine for Inadequate Emergency Equipment

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Fine for Inadequate Emergency Equipment

01/02/2013

A Victorian firm was fined $15,000 last month for failing to provide adequate plans and equipment for prompt rescue of a worker suspended at height. The prosecution arose from a 2011 incident where a worker in a harness was struck on his head from a suspended load when a ratchet jammed. The business lacked the experience and emergency rescue equipment to safely lower the person to the ground.

The lesson from this is to ensure you have a rescue plan and emergency equipment in place before allowing work at heights to proceed.

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