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Prosecution Details

Defendant Finback Pty Ltd
Trading Name Western Galvanisers
Section 19(1)(a) x 2
Regulation Not Applicable
Offence Date Thursday, 14 March 1996
Description of Breach(es)

(1) Being an employer failed to provide a system of work such that, so far as was practicable his employees, when accessing the monorail hoist for maintenance purposes, were not exposed to a hazard.

(2) Being an employer failed to maintain a workplace such that, so far as was practicable his employees, when moving between the flux and hot dip tanks were not exposed to a tripping hazard.

Background Details

Due to a complaint regarding unsafe conditions at Western Galvanisers, their premises were investigated on 14 March 1996. It was noted that the flooring between the flux tank and the hot dip tanks was in a very dangerous condition. The access to the monorail hoist on both the north and south walls was also considered unsafe. An aluminum extension ladder was provided to reach the monorail on the north wall. This ladder was tied to the wall in two places to provide permanent access. Access to the monorail on the south wall was by means of two platforms and a ladder fixed to the steel structure of the building to provide access to the first platform. No permanent means of access was provided from the first platform to the second platform.

Outcome Summary convicted
Conviction Date 28 Feb 1997
Court Perth Court of Petty Sessions
Fine $2000 each charge (total $4000)
Costs $245
Charge Number 53682/96 [1] and 53683/96 [2]