Another warning on falsified High Risk Work Licences

WorkSafe has issued a further warning to carefully check High Risk Work Licences after discovering another falsified licence.

WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said WorkSafe had recently been alerted to a licence that had been altered to include a class of high risk work for which the owner had not been trained.

“In this latest instance, a licence was presented to an engineering company in Geraldton,” Mr McCulloch said.

“They became suspicious after not being able to confirm that WorkSafe had issued a licence for all the classes listed, and sent a copy to WorkSafe requesting a check.

“Upon further investigation, it was found that the licence number was registered to the man who presented the licence, but he did not legitimately hold a licence for all the classes of high risk work listed.

“The man actually held a licence for dogging, vehicle loading crane and forklift, but had added the code for basic rigging, a class in which he had not been trained.

High risk work licences are only issued to workers who have been appropriately trained and have the skills to perform high risk work safely and competently. They apply to anyone engaged in work considered to be “high risk”, including scaffolding, dogging and rigging work and the operation of cranes, hoists, pressure equipment and forklifts.

It is strongly urged that potential employers or anyone in control of a workplace to satisfy themselves that anyone they are thinking of employing for high risk work has the experience they claim to have.

For more information, visit the WorkSafe WA website at – www.commerce.wa.gov.au