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Prosecution after safety notice lapse

25-11-2010
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A company based at Bayswater, VIC, has appeared in court after failing to make safety improvements to protect workers from injury.

Sheet metal fabrication and manufacturing company TAC Metal Industries Pty Ltd pleaded guilty in the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court to two charges of failing to comply with improvement notices issued by a WorkSafe inspector.

The company was placed on an adjourned good behaviour undertaking for 18 months, without conviction. They were also ordered to pay $10,000 to the court fund.

The prosecution followed a visit from a WorkSafe inspector to the company in October last year. The inspector issued two notices requiring specific safety improvements to be made within a set timeframe.

During a follow-up visit the following month, the inspector found the safety improvements hadn’t been made within the timeframe. One month later in December, the company still hadn’t undertaken the safety improvements required by the notices.

The company has since complied with both notices.

“Improvement notices are legal notices which direct a company or a person to make safety improvements by a certain date,” WorkSafe Victoria’s Executive Director for Health and Safety Ian Forsyth said.

“Each notice gives suggestions for how improvements can be made, and the inspector issuing the notice is also available to discuss possible avenues towards compliance.

“These notices are issued for a reason – to protect workers. Failing to comply with them is a sign that you’re not taking your responsibilities as an employer seriously enough,” he said.

This is the fourth WorkSafe prosecution this year relating to failure to comply with an improvement notice.

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