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Prosecution Details

Offender Shane Anthony Brian Williams


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Charge Charge Number Offence Date Date Convicted Regulation Section Penalty Provision Penalty Imposed Date Sentenced
1 RO8782/11 17 September 2010 1st December 2011 20A(3)(c) $750.00 1st December 2011
Description of Breach(es)

Being an employee, failed to take reasonable care to ensure his own safety and health at work; contrary to sections 20(1)(a) and 20A(3) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984.

Background Details

At approximately 7:00am on Friday 17 September 2010, a WorkSafe Inspector attended the construction site of a proposed IGA Shopping Centre ("the construction site") situated at Lot 451 Hero Crescent, Bertram to conduct a pro-active inspection.

On 17 September 2010 the Accused was working as a rigger at the construction site under the direction and control of two supervisors.

As of 17 September 2010 the construction site consisted of concrete tilt-up panels and a pre-fabricated steel roof rafter system.

The WorkSafe Inspector saw the Accused and one of the supervisors ("the riggers") working at heights of approximately 5 metres at the construction site with no fall injury prevention system in place to prevent them from falling, exposing them to the risk of serious injury or death.

The riggers were placing and bolting into position roofing purlins on the erected steel roof rafter system. The riggers were lifting the purlins and walking along the rafters.

The riggers had gained access to the top section of the steel roof rafter system by means of an elevated work platform ("EWP"), one of three EWPs (two scissor lifts and one boom lift) on site provided for the purpose of installing the purlins.  There were also suitable safety harnesses on site available.

Outcome Summary

The Accused plead guilty and was convicted.

Court Magistrates Court of Western Australia - Rockingham
Costs $700.70

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