In June 2010, Arrow Property Maintenance Pty Ltd was charged with failing to conduct its business or undertaking in a way that was electrically safe, after, accoridng to one media report:
“[A] 16-year-old boy was electrocuted while installing fibreglass insulation in the ceiling of a home at Stanwell, west of Rockhampton, on November 18, 2009.”
On 14 September 2010, Queensland Industrial Magistrate John McGrath heard the company plead guilty. A Queensland Government media release (yet to appear online) states that
- A pre-existing defect was present in the ceiling cavity. A screw had penetrated a cable and caused parts of the house, including a ceiling batten, to be live. This defect was present for at least 10 years.
- Arrow Property Maintenance Pty Ltd allowed work to proceed without the house, or any parts, being isolated or de-energised.
- Only minimal induction or training was given to workers.
- There were no specific or documented procedures in place for installation of insulation.
- The deceased worker was permitted to use a conductive, aluminium pole to position or place insulation batts.
- No training was provided to workers in relation to first aid for electric shock.
- In addition to electrical issues facing the workers, they were positioned on the roof some 4.8 metres above the ground, without any consideration as to fall protection.
- There were no procedures in place for working at height