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Western Sydney Man Fined After Tree Worker Injured At Avoca

Statement from Minister.

Western Sydney Man Fined After Tree Worker Injured At Avoca Words from Mr Kean's Office.

An East Hills man has been fined $20,000 after a tree worker was injured on the job, Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said.


Ashley Powell, 36, pleaded guilty in the Sydney District Court after he failed to ensure his company met proper health and safety standards.


Powell, through his labour hire business, provided workers to a company that was tasked with removing a tree brought down on a property during a severe storm at Avoca Beach on the State’s Central Coast in 2015.


Mr Kean said the incident occurred when inexperienced workers began the job without proper supervision.


“A 20-year-old Umina Beach man was hit by a branch while he was on the roof of the property,” Mr Kean said.


“The force of the blow knocked him off balance before he rolled towards the edge of the roof, when his workmate grabbed him by the ankle.


“Despite the best efforts of his colleague to help him, the young man fell about 11 metres to the ground into a heap of leaves and branches.”


The worker fractured his shoulder, and has suffered flashbacks and sleeping difficulties since the incident.


“Every worker, especially those who are young and inexperienced, should be protected from this sort of workplace injury,” Mr Kean said.


“I want to make sure every worker who heads off to work in the morning returns home safely to their family at night.”


Last year SafeWork NSW successfully prosecuted 34 offenders and issued 218 penalty notices. Powell has the right to lodge an appeal.