08:13 pm, Monday 19 August, 2013
A welding company was fined in the Darwin Court of Summary Jurisdiction for breaches under the Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Act and the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act.
The company was fined $58,225 for failing to have compulsory insurance and $16,000 for failing to report a notifiable incident after one of its worker was injured in 2012.
Work Health Authority, Doug Phillips reminded companies to know their responsibilities in ensuring the safety of workers.
“Under the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) act, companies must immediately report notifiable incidents to NT WorkSafe,” said Mr Phillips.
“A notifiable incident includes the death of a person, a serious injury or illness of a person or a dangerous incident.
“Failure to do so can result in fines up to $50,000.
“The Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Act requires companies to have an insurance policy that covers all their workers in the event of a workplace accident.
“Companies without workers compensation insurance risk facing a fine up to $183,600.
“NT WorkSafe will assist companies with information and advice, but at the end of the day it is the responsibility of the company to ensure they have the required insurance and are meeting their legislative responsibilities.”