WorkCover NSW is investigating an incident where a 60-year-old worker sustained serious head injuries after falling four metres onto a concrete surface.
The incident occurred at a Toormina factory complex, where it is understood the worker fell from a makeshift work platform that had been placed on a forklift.
The worker, who was involved in the construction of a shed at the time of the incident, was taken to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital.
WorkCover NSW has sent an inspector to the site and has commenced a formal investigation into the incident.
Working at heights is a dangerous activity that needs due diligence, according to the general manager of WorkCover NSW’s OHS division, John Watson.
“Under workplace safety laws employers must have risk assessment and control measures in place and all workplaces should have a system in place to reduce the hazard of falls,” Watson said.
When working from heights, WorkCover NSW noted that it is important to ensure: adequate induction and training is received before starting work; safe access and walkways are provided to all parts of the workplace; the area people are working on is stable; physical barriers are in place over exposed edges; and that appropriate personal protective equipment is used.