According to a report on SafetyCulture.com.au, WorkSafe WA has reissued a warning to workers about fake high risk work licenses in circulation in the state and NSW.
High risk licenses are necessary for many dangerous trades such as crane operation because these tasks require more training due to the increased risk associated with them. Workers cannot simply begin operating a crane or engaging in scaffolding work without being appropriately trained first. However some unscrupulous people have been issuing workers with fake licences, thereby endangering countless lives by putting untrained people in positions which require specific “high risk” training.
Following last week’s reports that fake licences had been discovered when 2 workers attempted to renew their High Risk licenses only to be told that their licenses were indeed counterfeit, WorkSafe WA have received reports that indicate more of these licenses are probably in circulation, probably throughout Oz.
On Tuesday WorkSafe issued a warning to employers and employees to check on high risk licenses to confirm that they are indeed authentic. Now they are reissuing their warning after receiving reports that it was easy to get theses fake licences overseas.
Work Safe believe that licenses were being issued overseas in places like Thailand however they have not gained any evidence to support this theory as yet.
This post on SafetyCulture.com.au goes on to explain:
“We issued a warning on Tuesday to check on NSW-issued High Risk Work Licences after two fake licences were discovered in WA,” said Mr McCulloch.
“We have since received unconfirmed reports that fraudulent licences can be obtained overseas quickly and at low cost in places such as Thailand. Although the report is hearsay at this stage, it is good practice to make sure licences are genuine.
Hence, I am repeating the warning on checking these licences and recommending that all High Risk Work Licences be verified before accepting them, no matter where they were issued.
According to McCulloch, verifying high risk work licenses are both quick and easy. In Western Australia licenses can be verified on WorkSafe’s website by simply visiting their homepage. According to McCulloch verification can be done in a matter of minutes and he urged employers to take the time to do this.
He goes on to explain on SafetyCulture.com.au:
“Simply click on Advanced Search in the Search for Licence Holders box, then select the type of licence from the drop-down menu and enter the licence number. The checking facility will verify the authenticity of the licence.
Mr McCulloch said licences obtained in other states can easily be verified with the relevant authority in the State or Territory of issue.
“As I said earlier this week, it is of great concern that holders of High Risk Work Licences may not be adequately trained to perform high risk work safely and competently, and I urge employers, assessors and trainers to verify any High Risk Work Licences presented to them.”