Boss handed suspended jail sentence
The owner of a roofing company has been hit with a nine-month suspended jail sentence for threatening and intimidating a WorkCover NSW inspector.
The business owner threatened and intimidated the inspector while the inspector was visiting the owner’s workplace and for a number of days after the visit, said WorkCover NSW in a media release. During the visit, the inspector had asked the owner not to work at heights unless he and his worker used the required safety equipment, WorkCover added.
Following the incident the owner was charged and prosecuted for not following a WorkCover inspector’s direction and obstructing the WorkCover inspector. He pled guilty to breaching work health and safety (WHS) laws in NSW and was fined a total of $16,000.
The owner was also ordered to pay $5000 to cover WorkCover’s legal costs.
“Inspectors are required to ensure workplaces comply with obligations under the Work Health & Safety Act. Inspectors have legislated powers to enter workplaces and assess site safety and workplace compliance. Employers need to respect this and allow inspectors to do their job to reduce the risk of serious injury or harm,” said Peter Dunphy, WorkCover’s Executive Director of Work Health and Safety, in a media release.
“WorkCover will take appropriate action, including enforcement action through the courts, with regard to any conduct that subjects its inspectors to the risk of harm to their health and safety.”
For more details, visit WorkCover NSW
Published on 18 June 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin.