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.