Warning on falsified High Risk Work Licences and Peter Kevin Jenkins
WorkSafe has issued a warning to check High Risk Work Licences after it received notification of a man using a falsified licence.
The man, who goes by the name Peter Kevin Jenkins, is masquerading as a worker who holds 12 classes of High Risk Work Licence, none of which he genuinely holds.
His falsified licence says he holds licences for dogging, vehicle loading cranes, forklifts, tower cranes, advanced rigging, slewing mobile cranes, advanced scaffolding, hoists, concrete placing booms, boom-type EWPs, derrick cranes and portal boom cranes.
WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today that a warning issued earlier this year to carefully check High Risk Work Licences was now being repeated.
“We warned members of the public back in March that there were unscrupulous operators in WA who were altering and creating copies of licences and sending them as email attachments to prospective employers,” Mr McCulloch said.
“Mr Jenkins is one such operator, and I strongly advise anyone looking to employ a worker with a High Risk Work Licence to steer clear of him, and to satisfy themselves that anyone they are thinking of employing has the experience they claim to have.
“High Risk Work Licences are only issued to workers who have been appropriately trained and have the skills to perform high risk work safely and competently, which Mr Jenkins may not.
“The falsified licence he is using is not a particularly good copy, and has an old and outdated WorkSafe logo in the top right-hand corner.
“The licence number belongs to someone else and it has not been established whether he is using his real name or how many other aliases he may be operating under.
“I’d like to remind potential employers to ensure they always sight an original High Risk Work Licence card and don’t be satisfied with an email or texted scan or photo of the licence.
“As with other cases of fraud in relation to High Risk Work Licences we have discovered, this issue has been referred to WA Police.
“Anyone who has concerns about a High Risk Work Licence can verify the details using the WorkSafe licence and registration search located on the Department of Commerce website.”
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