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Baby dummies and chains with decorations called "Bling" have been banned nationally because they could pose a serious safety risk. The product safety warning from Consumer Protection comes after Federal and other State agencies have taken action to remove these dummies from sale. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said the pacifiers pose a major choking hazard to babies. "The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Jul 2011
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a 43-year-old crane operator/rigger at a construction site in Karratha this morning. The man was believed to have been crushed by a large concrete soakwell lid that fell while being lifted by a crane. Inspectors travelled to the site immediately, and will interview witnesses and investigate the circumstances. WorkSafe thoroughly investigates...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Jul 2011
A glossy travel brochure being posted to WA homes and containing fake lottery scratchie tickets has been named a scam by Consumer Protection. Consumers are warned not to respond to the latest travel scam, this time from the VMac Holiday Group from Malaysia, as it is an advance fee fraud. The brochure offers complimentary lottery prizes to celebrate a new investment opportunity in Australia. One...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Jul 2011
Fill up today or tomorrow if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Wednesday 13 July 2011, some BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 148.9 cents per litre (cpl) - an increase of up to 15.0 cpl. However, most petrol stations in Perth will be selling at or below 133.7 cpl tomorrow. Given that Perth ULP prices follow a weekly cycle, with Thursday and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Jul 2011
A Perth furniture company and its director have been fined $5,000 for making false or misleading claims about the price of products and advertising them as WA-made when they had been manufactured in China. Perth Furniture Group (PFG) offered a dining package at an “introductory price” of $4,194 for 48 hours – supposedly 40% off the Recommended Retail Price (RRP). In fact the products were never...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Jul 2011
The State of Western Australia (Department of Corrective Services) has been fined $285,000 over the death of Mr Ward in 2008. The Department of Corrective Services pleaded guilty in May to failing to ensure that persons who were not employees were not exposed to hazards and, by that failure, causing the death of Mr Ward, and was fined in the Kalgoorlie Magistrates Court yesterday. The Department...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 Jul 2011
A backyard dog breeder has settled action in the Supreme Court by undertaking not to sell diseased animals, or any animal which has not been vet-checked and vaccinated, in the first injunction action of its kind in Australia. The legal action against Fay Marie Armstrong, by WA’s Commissioner for Consumer Protection, was the first to be brought under the new Australian Consumer Law (WA), which...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Jul 2011
Two Perth consumers have become the latest victims of illegal ‘back of van’ salesmen operating in the metropolitan area and the State’s South West. Consumer Protection has received reports that the travelling conmen have been approaching potential customers in Cockburn, Dianella, Morley and Busselton selling low quality audiovisual equipment at inflated prices from the back of their white van...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Jul 2011
A demolition contractor has been fined $5000 for failing to disconnect the electrical supply to a demolition site. Michele Antonio Galluccio – trading as Jag Demo & Cartage - pleaded guilty to undertaking demolition work that was not performed in accordance with the relevant Australian Standard, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court yesterday. In November 2010, Mr Galluccio was engaged...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Jul 2011
Fill up today or tomorrow if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Wednesday 6 July 2011, some BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 144.9 cents per litre (cpl) - an increase of up to 10.0 cpl. However, most petrol stations in Perth will be selling for less than 133.6 cpl tomorrow. Given that Perth ULP prices follow a weekly cycle, with Thursday and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Jul 2011
A scaffolding company has been fined $2000 for failing to comply with a WorkSafe improvement notice after having signed a compliance slip. Hitachi Plant Technologies Ltd pleaded guilty to not complying with an improvement notice within the specified time and was fined in the Collie Magistrates Court on Wednesday. In March 2009, Hitachi Plant Technologies had been engaged by IHI Engineering...
WorkSafe
Media release
01 Jul 2011
Fill up today or tomorrow if you want to pay less for your petrol - that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Wednesday 29 June 2011, some BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 145.9 cents per litre (cpl) - an increase of up to 9.0 cpl. However, most petrol stations in Perth will be selling at or below 134.7 cpl tomorrow. Given that Perth ULP prices follow a weekly cycle, with Thursday and Friday...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Jun 2011
Fill up today or tomorrow if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Wednesday 22 June 2011, some BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 145.9 cents per litre (cpl) – an increase of up to 10.0 cpl. However, most petrol stations in Perth will be selling for less than 134.8 cpl tomorrow. Given that Perth ULP prices follow a weekly cycle, with Thursday and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Jun 2011
Consumers in the State’s Mid West are being warned after reports that two young men are attempting to illegally sell electronic equipment from the back of a van. Police in Dongara have been investigating the reports that residents in the town have been approached by the salesmen, selling inferior products at hugely inflated prices. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Gary Newcombe has...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Jun 2011
WorkSafe has issued a reminder to workers engaged in high risk work that they need to obtain a licence to perform that work. The National Standard for Licensing Persons Performing High Risk Work replaced National Certificates of Competency in 2007, and some workers will need to have the licence by June 30 this year. Everyone performing high risk work will require a licence by June 30 2012, but...
WorkSafe
Media release
17 Jun 2011
A Muchea hay processing plant has been fined $10,000 over an incident in which an employee’s arm was injured when it was caught in a hay baling machine. Hay Australia Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment, and was fined in the Joondalup Magistrates Court yesterday. Hay Australia’s main business is breaking down large bales of hay into smaller bales for...
WorkSafe
Media release
15 Jun 2011
The Department of Commerce is warning all Kimberley residents to be wary of unsolicited telephone calls offering refunds or grants. Consumers could be the target of an international advance fee fraud and are being advised not to send cash via wire transfer to people they don’t know. Broome locals have reported receiving telephone calls, where they are told they’re entitled to a Centrelink refund...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Jun 2011
Consumer Protection is warning all Western Australian residents to be wary of unsolicited telephone calls offering refunds or grants. Consumers could be the target of an international advance fee fraud and are being advised not to send cash via wire transfer to people they don’t know. “We have reports from the North to the South of the State of people being conned,” said Acting Commissioner for...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Jun 2011
Fill up today or tomorrow if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Wednesday 15 June 2011, some BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 145.9 cents per litre (cpl) - an increase of up to 10.0 cpl. However, most petrol stations in Perth will be selling for less than 134.7 cpl tomorrow. Given that Perth ULP prices follow a weekly cycle, with Thursday and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Jun 2011
A painting company has been fined $15,000 over an incident in which a painter was seriously injured when he fell from scaffolding. Matnic Enterprises Pty Ltd – trading as Matrics Painting – pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court last week. In July 2007, Matnic had been...
WorkSafe
Media release
14 Jun 2011
The Department of Commerce is warning Karratha residents to be wary of unsolicited telephone calls offering refunds or grants. Consumers could be the target of an international advance fee fraud and are being advised not to send cash via wire transfer to people they don’t know. Karratha locals have reported receiving telephone calls, where they are told the government has overcharged on bank fees...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Jun 2011
A WorkSafe inspection program of manufacturing workplaces in the Bunbury area has revealed a low level of awareness of the requirements of WA’s workplace safety laws. Six WorkSafe inspectors conducted 57 inspections in the Bunbury area over the two weeks commencing March 21, 2011. Acting WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today the inspection program revealed that most employers in the...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Jun 2011
WorkSafe will not appeal to the High Court over Laing O’Rourke’s successful appeal against their conviction on charges relating to Cyclone George. WorkSafe charges against BGC Contracting Pty Ltd, Spotless P & F Pty Ltd and WorleyParsons will now be withdrawn because of their similarity to those in the Laing O’Rourke case. In August 2010, His Honour Justice Murray set aside an earlier...
WorkSafe
Media release
10 Jun 2011
A Midland car yard manager, and his employer, have both been fined after admitting that over a four year period, the yard manager was signing up customers to buy motor vehicles, without holding a valid yard manager’s licence. Nicholas Richard Johnson pleaded guilty to the charge of acting as an unlicensed yard manager, between 1 September 2006 and 2 December 2010, while employed by Goldy Motors,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Jun 2011
A Kununurra man who paid $8000 cash to have his driveway sealed may be the latest victim of a group of dodgy travelling conmen dubbed the ‘bitumen bandits’. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Gary Newcombe has warned Kimberley residents to resist approaches from these conmen who are breaking the law. “The ‘bitumen bandits’ normally use high pressure sales pitches and tell residents that...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Jun 2011

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