Hello all,
A company has been convicted and fined $125,000 for putting workers and the public at risk of serious injury or death.

The company pleaded guilty to four charges over safety breaches. The court heard WorkSafe inspectors observed numerous and repeated safety breaches on six separate visits.

The safety breaches included unsafe access and a lack of controls to prevent workers falling and poor general housekeeping including unhygienic toilet facilities.

Inspectors also found a lack of a safe system of work in relation to electricity and had a number of tripping hazards from excess debris and general rubbish in access areas.

The court heard the company repeatedly failed to implement most of the reasonably practicable control measures identified in the 10 improvement notices issued by WorkSafe inspectors during the visits.
The company was fined

  • $50,000 for failing to ensure the means of entering and leaving a workplace was safe;
  • $40,000 for failing to provide a safe working environment;
  • $25,000 for failing to comply with improvement notices; and
  • $10,000 for failing to ensure persons other than employees were not exposed to risks.
  • That’s a total of $125,000 for failing to provide a safe workplace so…how safe is your workplace?
  • In sentencing, the judge took into account the company’s two prior convictions.

WorkSafe executive director of health and safety said the company’s blatant disregard of its duty to provide a safe workplace for its employees was abhorrent.

Shorlink’s Recommendation
The following recommendations can be vital to ensuring you have a safe workplace.

  • Ensure all crew members and other workers are properly inducted
  • Ensure all equipment is suitable for the task being undertaken
  • All electrical equipment should be tested regularly
  • All machinery should be appropriate for the work required
  • Ensure safe access at all times
  • When working at heights ensure you have a procedure in place, and it’s followed
  • Ensure all trip hazards are identified

These are just a few recommendations to help keep your workplace safe. Every workplace is different and you should always ensure you undertake a hazard identification of the vessel or workplace on a regular basis.

One the biggest tips we can give is to “keep your vessel or workplace clean and free from unnecessary items”. This alone can prevent accidents from happening and make your vessel or workplace safer!

If you’re unsure just how safe your vessel or workplace is contact our office to arrange a vessel or site inspection where we’ll undertake a hazard identification to identify existing and potential hazards and associated risks.

Need more information or advice then contact our office today!

Shorlink Pty Ltd

Your Maritime Safety Management Specialists!

P: 07 3269 3236 E: sms@shorlink.com