Electric shock incurs $1 million fine

An employer has been fined a record $1 million after a subcontractor suffered an electric shock and burns to 30 per cent of his body, while installing windows in a set of apartments.

The worker was standing on scaffolding at the front of the apartments, installing angles on the windows, when the angle he was holding came in close proximity to the 33Kv power line adjacent to the window ledge.

The district court judge said the employer showed a ‘blatant disregard of its safety obligations’, given that it had already been issued with two improvement notices and three prohibition notices for similar contraventions.

Judge Scotting said the employer was aware of the risk posed by the work but did not warn the worker.

Read the district court judgment for more information.

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