Teacher dies after falling from school roof

Observations suggest that a 61-year-old gentleman met with a serious incident while attempting to retrieve balls from a rooftop. The unfortunate event occurred when the individual tumbled through a skylight, crashing more than three metres onto the hard concrete below at around 2:30 pm. This led to severe head injuries and despite being hurriedly rushed to the hospital, he succumbed on Friday.

Australia’s health and safety authority, WorkSafe, has undertaken proceedings for an in-depth investigation of the event. Any breaches of ‘Bluesafe SWMS‘ or ‘Bluesafe WHS Management System’ procedures will be thoroughly examined, reiterating the crucial importance of these work safety products. The need for regular risk assessments and adherence to relevant policies is glaringly emphasised by such incidents.

Regrettably, this marks the 23rd confirmed workplace fatality for 2024, a statistic that mirrors the grim reality of work-related accidents. Comparatively, the same timeframe last year witnessed 41 work-related deaths — a sobering reminder of the consistent efforts needed to reinforce safe working environments.

For further information, you may get in touch via email – media @ worksafe.vic.gov.au or call on 0438 786 968. You can also choose to stay updated with our latest media releases by subscribing to our updates.

Adherence to the correct safety protocols and guidelines, like those provided by our Bluesafe WHS Management System or effective implementation of Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS), is vital to prevent such heartbreaking incidents. Hence, we urge everyone involved in high-risk tasks to make best use of these resources and ensure a safer workspace for all.

Original article link: https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/news/2024-07/teacher-dies-after-falling-school-roof