Incident Type

Teenager sustained a head injury after falling from scaffolding.

Date of Incident

December 22nd, 2023

Penalty Imposed

Not specified in the context of this incident, but SafeWork NSW cautions about potential fines for safety breaches.

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Introduction

A 13-year-old boy sustained a serious head injury after falling from scaffolding at a construction site in NSW, highlighting the risks of having children on worksites.

Details of the Incident

On December 22, the teenager visited the construction site with an adult and fell from the scaffolding, resulting in a serious head injury that required surgical intervention.

Operational Context

Following the incident, SafeWork NSW has issued a caution about the dangers of taking children to construction sites. They emphasize the need for supervision and safety precautions, particularly around machinery, hazardous chemicals, and potential fall hazards.

Court’s Decision and Impact on Victims

There are no court proceedings mentioned in relation to this incident. However, SafeWork NSW has warned that having untrained, unlicensed, and incompetent people, including children, on construction sites can lead to fines. Children need a white card, proper supervision, and adequate training to be on worksites, and the minimum age for a white card is 14.

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