Courts are taking a tough and expensive approach when injuries occur. Employers have a duty to ensure their staff (and others) are safe in the workplace. A failure to prevent a fall in which an employee suffered a damaged knee and ankle has resulted in the employer being fined $15,000, and ordered to pay $12,000 reparation to the employee.

The company had failed to adequately identify, and then eliminate, isolate or minimise, the risks of injury.

The Court said that the offending was serious and a deterrent sentence was necessary.

To avoid ending up with a hefty fine and other costs make sure your processes for indentifying hazards are up to date. Then take all practicable steps to eliminate, isolate or minimise the risk of harm arising.

You can download our simple-to-follow Safety Action Plan from our Downloads section or callAlan Knowsley.