26 Nov 2015
Falsified High Risk Work Licences are in the spotlight again after another was found in Western Australia.
WorkSafe WA is again warning employers to check the High Risk Work Licences of workers after a man, who goes by the name Peter Kevin Jenkins, falsified 12 classes of High Risk Work Licence.
The falsified licence says Jenkins is licenced for dogging, vehicle loading cranes, forklifts, tower cranes, advanced rigging, slewing mobile cranes, advanced scaffolding, hoists, concrete placing booms, boom-type elevated work platforms (EWPs), derrick cranes and portal boom cranes.
WorkSafe WA also issued warnings about falsified licences in March. “Mr Jenkins is one such operator, and I strongly advise anyone looking to employ a worker with a High Risk Work Licence to steer clear of him, and to satisfy themselves that anyone they are thinking of employing has the experience they claim to have,” WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said in a media statement.
“High Risk Work Licences are only issued to workers who have been appropriately trained and have the skills to perform high risk work safely and competently, which Mr Jenkins may not.
“The falsified licence he is using is not a particularly good copy, and has an old and outdated WorkSafe logo in the top right-hand corner.
“The licence number belongs to someone else and it has not been established whether he is using his real name or how many other aliases he may be operating under.”
For more detail, visit WorkSafe WA
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27 Feb 2014
SafeWork SA has launched an investigation into reports of phoney inspectors preying on workplaces.
As reported in an earlier e-bulletin SafeWork SA has warned employers to be on the lookout for bogus inspectors, who have threatened employers and workers.
The authority says it is investigating the incidents with “a view to initiating prosecution action”. Anyone caught impersonating an inspector faces a maximum penalty of $10,000.
“SafeWork SA inspectors always carry authorised inspector photo identification, provide their full name and wear a uniform,” the authority says.
“SafeWork SA encourages employers or officials at workplaces to require proof of identity and check the credentials of any unknown person seeking site access.”
Anyone with information about the phoney inspectors should call SafeWork SA on 1300 365 255.
For more details, visits SafeWork SA.
Published on 27 February 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.
13 Feb 2014
SafeWork SA has received reports about two people impersonating work health and safety inspectors.
The two people have threatened to fine workers or companies under the Work Health and Safety Act, the authority said.
“The employers believed these people to be SafeWork SA inspectors, but they were not.”
SafeWork SA is encouraging employers to require proof of identity and to “check the credentials of any unknown person who asks for access to a workplace”.
For more details, SafeWork SA.
Published on 13 February 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.