02:21 pm, Friday 17 May, 2013
Further to SafetyCulture’s story, WorkSafe WA has issued another warning on fake work licences.
WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said they have received additional reports of fraudulent licences since after they issued a warning this week.
“We issued a warning on Tuesday to check on NSW-issued High Risk Work Licences after two fake licences were discovered in WA,” said Mr McCulloch.
“We have since received unconfirmed reports that fraudulent licences can be obtained overseas quickly and at low cost in places such as Thailand. Although the report is hearsay at this stage, it is good practice to make sure licences are genuine.
Hence, I am repeating the warning on checking these licences and recommending that all High Risk Work Licences be verified before accepting them, no matter where they were issued.
He said verifying High Risk Work Licences are quick and easy.
“Western Australian licences can be very simply verified in a matter of minutes on the home page of the WorkSafe website.
“Simply click on Advanced Search in the Search for Licence Holders box, then select the type of licence from the drop-down menu and enter the licence number. The checking facility will verify the authenticity of the licence.
Mr McCulloch said licences obtained in other states can easily be verified with the relevant authority in the State or Territory of issue.
“As I said earlier this week, it is of great concern that holders of High Risk Work Licences may not be adequately trained to perform high risk work safely and competently, and I urge employers, assessors and trainers to verify any High Risk Work Licences presented to them.”