A cleaning company has been fined $30,000 for failing to curb the risk of one of their workers falling 5.5 metres from the awning of a Victorian church and suffering a swag of injuries.
Parkton Enterprises Pty Ltd must cough up the money over the incident at Barrabool Hills in October 2018, where two workers were tasked with cleaning extraction fans on a church roof.
The pair received instructions about the job by text message.
Upon arrival, one worker set up his ladder against a metal awning that wrapped around the church, instead of using a designated building ladder access point.
He then climbed the ladder without a safety harness and walked on the awning, before it gave way and he fell about 5.5 metres to the ground.
The worker was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital with a crushed lower vertebra, a broken leg and a dislocated shoulder.
A WorkSafe investigation found neither employee had been trained in working at heights and weren't supervised by anyone who had been.
A legal safety document had not been prepared for the task either.
Parkton Enterprises Pty Ltd pleaded guilty in Geelong Magistrates' Court on Friday to failing to control the risk of a fall from height and failing to provide instruction and training on height work.
The commercial kitchen cleaning company was convicted, fined $30,000 and ordered to pay costs of $3367.