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A self-employed roofing contractor has been fined $2500.00 for working on a roof without an adequate fall prevention system. Mathew David Long pleaded guilty to failing to provide adequate fall prevention where there was a risk that a person could fall two metres or more, and was fined in the Mandurah Magistrates Court last week. In May 2011, Mr Long was working on the roof at a construction site...
WorkSafe
Media release
15 May 2013
WorkSafe has issued a warning to check workers’ High Risk Work Licences after fake licences issued in New South Wales turned up in WA. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today it was important that High Risk Work Licences were only issued to workers who had been appropriately trained. “In agreeing to adopt the national licensing standard back in 2007, the important role high-quality...
WorkSafe
Media release
14 May 2013
WorkSafe has expressed disappointment at the number of deaths in the agriculture sector after another work-related death on a farm yesterday. WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a 65-year-old truck driver at a potato farm at Eastbrook near Pemberton yesterday afternoon. The man was believed to have been run over by a truck when he attempted to gain access to it as it rolled down...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 May 2013
Two WA companies have been highly commended for their achievements in work safety and health at the 8th annual Safe Work Australia Awards held last week at Old Parliament House, Canberra. Nominations have now been called for the 2013 Awards for WA. Veolia Transport Pty Ltd was recognised for its workplace safety and health management systems, while Sinclair Knight Merz with Balfour Beatty UGL was...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 May 2013
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a road worker at a site in Bunbury this morning. The man was believed to have been working on the road at the site when he was struck by a grader. Inspectors from WorkSafe’s Bunbury office attended the site on the corner of Robertson Drive and Somerville Drive, and will interview witnesses and investigate the circumstances. WorkSafe thoroughly...
WorkSafe
Media release
30 Apr 2013
WorkSafe has successfully appealed a reduction in penalties against a Malaga hoist and crane company and two of its Directors. D & G Hoists & Cranes Pty Ltd was fined $90,000 and Directors David Patrick Majella Keating and Luigi Vincenzo Decesare fined $45,000 each in March 2011 over the 2007 death of 22-year-old rigger Luke Aaron Murrie. The two Directors appealed the penalty against the...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Apr 2013
A Welshpool powder coating company has been fined $85,000 over the death of a worker who was killed when a drum he was cutting with an angle grinder exploded in 2010. Diamond Powder Coaters (WA) Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing the death of the worker and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court this week. The business is involved...
WorkSafe
Media release
19 Apr 2013
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a 56-year-old man at a property at Uduc near Harvey yesterday. The man was believed to have unloaded several horses from a large transport vehicle when a door/ramp dropped on to him. WorkSafe inspectors travelled to the site from the Bunbury office and are investigating the circumstances of the incident. WorkSafe thoroughly investigates serious...
WorkSafe
Media release
28 Mar 2013
A self-employed carpenter has been fined $4000.00 for failing to provide fall prevention equipment and edge protection while working on the roof of a shed. Brendan Keith Purchase – trading as Brendan Purchase Carpentry Service – pleaded guilty to failing to provide fall prevention and edge protection and was fined in the Esperance Magistrates Court last week. In early 2011, Mr Purchase was...
WorkSafe
Media release
19 Mar 2013
A company has been fined $60,000 (plus $7673 in costs) over an incident in which a female worker was injured when a lifting device fell onto her from the rear of a truck. National Fleet Administrative Services Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment for a person not being an employee of National Fleet Administrative Services and, by that failure, causing...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 Feb 2013
A Kwinana company has been fined a total of $50,000 over an incident in which an empty drum exploded, injuring an employee, and for failing to report the injury. Tox Free (Kwinana) Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment, and was fined $45,000 in the Rockingham Magistrates Court on Thursday. In addition, the company was fined $5000 for failing to report...
WorkSafe
Media release
19 Feb 2013
A Henderson engineering company has been fined $10,000 for allowing workers to do high risk work when they did not hold a licence for that class of work. KEP Management Services Pty Ltd – trading as Phillips Engineering – pleaded guilty to two charges of allowing unlicensed dogging work and was fined in the Fremantle Magistrates Court this week. One of the workers at the company’s main workshop...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 Feb 2013
A construction and services contracting company has been fined $65,000 (plus almost $8000 in costs) over an incident in which an assembled street light came too close to high-voltage power lines near a Shell service station. Thiess Services Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to provide a safe workplace and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court this week. In February 2009, Thiess...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 Feb 2013
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a worker at a glass manufacturing premises in Osborne Park today. The man was believed to have been in an area where large containers of glass sheets were being moved when one fell over, striking him. Inspectors travelled to the site soon after and will interview witnesses and investigate the circumstances. WorkSafe thoroughly investigates...
WorkSafe
Media release
04 Feb 2013
The first serious cyclone threat of the season has prompted WorkSafe to issue a reminder to ensure contingency plans have been swung into action and that workers in all workplaces under threat are familiar with the plans. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today it was crucial that everyone at sea and on land knew what to do when there was a cyclone in the area. "With Severe Tropical...
WorkSafe
Media release
10 Jan 2013
WorkSafe has issued a reminder to all workplaces to keep safety a high priority when returning to work after the festive season. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today that there had been nine work-related fatalities in WA so far this financial year, and employers and workers should guard against complacency. "People returning to work after the festive break need to be especially...
WorkSafe
Media release
09 Jan 2013
Thirty of the world’s leading experts in quad bike safety assembled in Sydney this week as part of a project to improve quad bike safety. The $1 million quad bike crash performance research, testing and design project is being undertaken by the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities (HWSA), the body representing Australasia’s work safety and health regulators. The NSW-funded research is being...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 Dec 2012
A Kewdale building products manufacturer has been fined $45,000 (plus more than $3500 in costs) over an incident in which a supervisor had two fingers severed by a fly wheel press. Industrial Progress Corporation – trading as Roofmart WA – pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee, and was fined in the Perth...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Dec 2012
WorkSafe is undertaking an inspection program to look at safety issues associated with retail hardware and building suppliers. The workplaces involved in the program are engaged in supplying and/or selling hardware items to the public and contractors. The program will continue throughout the remainder of the financial year in both metropolitan and regional areas. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 Dec 2012
WorkSafe is undertaking an inspection program to look at safety issues relating to manual tasks in WA's independent supermarkets. Workplaces included in the program include independently-operated supermarkets that are not part of national chains, including IGA, Supa IGA, Farmer Jacks and Food Works stores. The program will continue throughout the remainder of the financial year in both...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Nov 2012
The workplaces involved in the program are engaged in getting orders from a manufacturer or producer to its final point of distribution, in this case by road. The program will continue throughout the remainder of the financial year in both metropolitan and regional areas. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the inspections would focus on raising awareness of potential safety risks and...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Nov 2012
A Palmyra company has been fined $10,000 over an incident that resulted in the amputation of part of an employee's finger. D'Orsogna Limited pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment, and was fined in the Fremantle Magistrates Court last Wednesday. In February 2010, a labourer at D'Orsogna was operating a mincing machine that had a hopper at the top into which meat...
WorkSafe
Media release
06 Nov 2012
A company operating from Bibra Lake has been fined $40,000 (plus $12,000 costs) over an incident in which an employee had two fingers amputated. Harvest Freshcuts Pty Ltd was found guilty of failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing the employee serious harm, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court last week. The company operated a business that produced...
WorkSafe
Media release
01 Nov 2012
WorkSafe is investigating the overnight death of a 45-year-old Department of Conservation and Environment (DEC) employee. The woman was fighting a fire at Black Cat Creek near Albany on October 12 and sustained serious burns when a wind change pushed the fire towards her vehicle. A WorkSafe investigation began soon after the fire, and inspectors continue to investigate the circumstances of the...
WorkSafe
Media release
01 Nov 2012
WorkSafe has issued a reminder to all workplaces to keep safety a high priority in the lead-up to the festive season. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today that last November had been a particularly bad month in terms of work-related deaths. "Five Western Australians died over a period of less than three weeks in work-related incidents during November last year," Mr McCulloch said. "...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Oct 2012

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