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News Media Releases Paltry fine over tragic death shows Barnett government not serious about safety
Paltry fine over tragic death shows Barnett government not serious about safety
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:41

September 2, 2011

The $250,000 fine handed down to a Perth cabinetmaking firm over the workplace death of a young apprentice shows the need to bolster fines to ensure that shoddy work practices are abolished.
Quadtilla Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe workplace for the labour hire company worker who died at their Wangara premises in November 2008. The 17-year-old died after 970 kilograms of boards crushed him.

This death came just 8 months after another apprentice died in Malaga after a pile of timber fell on him.
UnionsWA Secretary Simone McGurk said that people should be highly critical of the amount of the fine.
“The idea of penalties in these cases is that it sends a message to employers about how seriously the Government and the community takes this issue,” Ms McGurk said.
“In fact, the rest of the country will, from the first of January next year, be increasing maximum penalties against employers to $3 million. WA is the only state which will not be signing on to these increased penalties. We believe this is completely unjustified and something that the Premier should explain to the public, and perhaps this young man’s family.”
A meeting of state and federal Workplace Relations Ministers held on 11 December 2009 approved the creation of consistent health and safety laws to operate from 1 January 2012 as the Work Health and Safety Act.
Ms McGurk says that workers need to be aware that they have the right to refuse to work if they feel the situation is unsafe.
“Young apprentices are really vulnerable to these situations. It’s very important that they know their rights from their union representative, and that there is an Occupational Health and Safety representative on the floor,” Ms McGurk said.
“I can’t think of anything more tragic than a young worker trying to get a trade left exposed to work in such unsafe circumstances.”


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