Construction company faces $1.5m fine following Comcare investigation

By Shannon Jenkins

Friday February 12, 2021


Construction giant John Holland has been charged with breaching federal work health and safety laws after a worker fell part way through a New South Wales prison roof in 2019.

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions has filed a single charge alleging the company “failed in its duties” under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, federal work safety regulator Comcare said on Thursday.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of $1.5 million.

The incident occurred at the $700 million Clarence Correctional Centre project near Grafton in February 2019. According to Comcare, a labour hire employee sustained minor injuries while working on the roof of the maximum security section of the building. He fell partly through the roof when he stepped on a plywood board, which had been covering a five-to-six-metre drop.

“It will be alleged John Holland failed to provide and maintain a safe system of work for the job,” the regulator said.

The matter is listed for mention in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on April 6.

John Holland was charged in September last year over a similar incident, when a bricklayer working on the Sydney Metro rail fell seven metres through a void onto a concrete floor.

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