A company and director from WA have been fined $327,500 over an incident that happened 2 years ago in Esperance which resulted in the serious injury of a 17 year old worker.
The firm was fined $225,000 for failure to meet their duty to provide a safe work environment and for failure to ensure the correct high risk license.
The director of the firm was also charged and fined $102,500.
According to reports the builder was working on installing a large steel shed on an Esperance farming property while the 17 year old construction labourer has climbed a ladder. He had not be given a helmet.
The director was operating a telehandler and alighted while it was in operation. The vehicle moved causing a significantly large steel truss to fall and hit into the young worker causing him to fall. He suffered serious injury to his skull, jaw, shoulder and chest.
The worker did not have a construction induction training certificate, (also known as The Whitecard), which is mandatory for all construction workers.