01:28 pm, Monday 24 June, 2013
New fines to be issued on the spot in the ACT will be implemented from next Monday the 1st July. This will extend the quantity of offences that can earn fines of $3600 and place the responsibility for safety more on the shoulders of ACT employers than workers.
Simon Corbell, Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations Minister, confirmed that the ACT government is dedicated to ensuring that all of the Getting Home Safely report recommendations are implemented.
He said that giving inspectors the ability to issue these fines will lead to an improvement in approach towards safety in the workplace from employers and workers alike.
ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe said that it is expected that the new schedule of fines will also remove some of the pressure currently on the court system.
From next week safety inspectors will be authorised to issue on the spot fines for workplace safety breaches such as:
- Not notifying WorkSafe ACT of notifiable incidents;
- Not providing first-aid equipment;
- Not providing personal protective equipment;
- Not providing training and instruction on the use of personal protective equipment;
- Not preparing a safe work method statement for high risk construction work;
- Not ensuring work is carried out in accordance with a safe work method statement;
- Not stopping work if the work is not being carried out in accordance with the safe work method statement;
- Not minimising the risk of collapse of trenches;
- Not preparing a work health and safety management plan;
- Not ensuring a worker has undergone construction induction training.
Mr McCabe said that the fines will target employers rather than employees, $720 for an individual and $3600 for a company, and help to ensure that health and safety is immediately improved rather than having to wait for issues to be resolved through the court.