A Victorian building company has been hit with a $850,000 fine after a carpenter fell three metres to his death at an unsafe worksite.
Carpenter Mario Mancini was hired as a subcontractor by Seascape Pty Ltd via the Gumtree website in June 2017.
He was framing up the first storey of a house and laying down flooring sheets on 27 June when he went to move the compressed air hose for a nail gun.
The qualified carpenter was lowering the hose down over the edge of the unfinished house when he fell 3.1 metres on to a concrete slab.
He died at the scene.
There was no "edge protection" at the worksite to prevent falls and Mr Mancini and another worker had to use a domestic ladder to reach the first floor.
His family lost "a special person in their lives" and are still suffering every day since his death, Victorian County Court judge Gabriele Cannon said on Tuesday.
The company took the matter to trial, but then admitted to a charge of fail to ensure a person is not exposed to risk.
The decision to resolve the matter at a late stage had an impact on the witnesses, the victim's wife and family, Judge Cannon said.
It was also concerning in light of the "tragic accident" that the company was issued with further notices to address fall from height issues, she said.
She fined the company $850,000 and said if it had not pleaded guilty, it would have been $1.1 million.