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Workplace death results in $425k fine for Western Australian construction company

Apr 6th 2023

Workplace death results in $425k fine for Western Australian construction company

A Western Australian construction company was recently sentenced for workplace safety violations following the death of a worker near Darwin more than five years ago.

The fatal incident happened in November 2017 when a worker who was repairing an LNG tank fell in perlite. The 56-year-old man was rescued, but he couldn’t be saved.

The construction company pleaded guilty to breaching Northern Territory’s WHS Act and was convicted and fined $425,000.

The Northern Territory’s Work Health and Safety Regulator, Ms Peggy Cheong said the incident underscores the importance of implementing and following safety procedures.

“It’s not enough to just produce safe work method statements, job hazard assessments, and other plans or procedures if your workers do not follow them,” said Ms Cheo.

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