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A Queensland roofing contractor has been ordered to undergo training under the new work health and safety laws.

The contractor was prosecuted in Brisbane Industrial Magistrates Court for breaching the Queensland Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

The contractor had failed to comply with a direction from a workplace health and safety inspector to cease work until fall protection was in place, according to Work Health and Safety (WHS) Queensland in a media statement.

“There also were counts of obstructing and intimidating an inspector.”

The contractor pleaded guilty and was placed on a one-year good behaviour bond with a surety of $10,000. He was also directed to undertake relevant trade training by December, said WHS Queensland.

The magistrate said the sentences were the first to be handed down under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, introduced last year.

“The wider options and choices now available to courts might help those facing charges under the legislation develop better culture and awareness as well as affording the courts the more recognised and historical avenues of punishment and deterrence,” said WHS Queensland head Dr Simon Blackwood in a media release.

For more details, visit Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

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