A contractor fell and sustained fatal injuries when he stepped on polycarbonate sheeting that was being installed on a shed. This case highlighted the failure of the employer to take basic and inexpensive steps to provide a safe working environment.
Even though safety mesh was mandated by the building plans, this had not been installed at the time of the incident. Edge protection had similarly been neglected, and harnesses were not provided for those working at height.
The employer was fined $65,000 over the death of this worker in failing to provide a safe workplace for non-employees. Following the incident, WorkSafe WA reported that the employer spent $1,000 on safety mesh and roofers' kits (containing static lines and harnesses) to prevent further falls which may have prevented the incident.