Nov 17th 2022
NSW introduces on-the-spot fines for WHS offences
SafeWork NSW inspectors will have powers to issue on-the-spot fines for electrical safety breaches and asbestos offences through an amendment to the WHS Act.
The new rules allow inspectors to issue penalty notices for work near overhead powerlines, with the offense attracting a fine of $3,600 for a corporate body and $720 for an individual.
Head of SafeWork NSW, Natasha Mann, said “In the past two and half years, SafeWork NSW has responded to more than 1,000 workplace incidents involving workers coming into contact with electricity, two of which resulted in fatalities,” Ms. Mann said.
“The most common risks associated with electrical work include contact with overhead powerlines, underground services and unsafe wiring that includes temporary wiring, installations, and electrical equipment.”
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