The man fell at the residence that he was pruning trees at. The man fell from the platform and plunged to the ground. Attempts were made to save his life through the use of CPR, first by civilians on the scene, and then by paramedics. However, they were unable to save him and he was declared dead on the scene.
The man was allegedly not using a harness or lanyard when he fell to his death. WorkSafe is currently working alongside the police in order to understand the circumstances behind this working from heightst incident.
The two workers are being prosecuted for failing to take reasonable caution for their health and safety while working at heights. One worker was found to be planking on top of a platform four metres off the ground while the other worker was planking on the tines of a forklift that was was situated approximately two metres from the ground.
Planking is the viral phenomenon that involves people lying down fully stretched horizontally, in dangerous and unusual places.Between 2006 and 2011, WorkSafe insurance payments have been given out to 7018 workers who ‘fell from heights”.Costs and treatments for these accidents exceed over $200 million.The reprimand for this recent incident will be decided in court this week.