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On the spot workplace safety fines kick off next week

By johnboy 24 June 2013

Simon Corbell is giving notice of on the spot workplace safety fines:

“From 1 July 2013, inspectors will be able to issue ‘on the spot fines’ for the following workplace safety breaches:

— not notifying WorkSafe ACT of notifiable incidents;

— not providing first-aid equipment;

— not providing personal protective equipment;

— not providing training and instruction on the use of personal protective equipment;

— not preparing a safe work method statement for high risk construction work;

— not ensuring work is carried out in accordance with a safe work method statement;

— not stopping work if the work is not being carried out in accordance with the safe work method statement;

— not minimising the risk of collapse of trenches;

— not preparing a work health and safety management plan; and,

— not ensuring a worker has undergone construction induction training.

“All of these breaches are already offences, but until 1 July 2013 these matters would need to be prosecuted in the Magistrates Court. By enabling Worksafe inspectors to issue ‘on the spot fines’, I am ensuring these matters are dealt with immediately.


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