A subcontractor who injured his back while conducting an awkward lift has been awarded more than $820,000 in damages.
A construction company engaged the subcontractor to assist in demolition and removal of a concrete driveway, which had been cut into three large pieces. The concrete pieces were heavy (estimated about 100kg each) and awkward due to sharp steel protruding from the edges. When the subcontractor and another worker attempted to carry one of the pieces his legs buckled and he sustained a serious back injury.
The court concluded that the construction company failed to ensure the pieces were cut small enough for them to be safely lifted by the workers, or move them with a bobcat or allocate more men to assist.