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Prosecution Details

Defendant John Beattie
Trading Name Beattie Construction
Regulation 3.55(c)
Offence Date Friday, 14 April 2000
Description of Breach(es)

Being the main constrctor at a workplace, failed to ensure that edge protection, used as a means of reducing a risk of falling, on an open edge, other than a scaffold, stair, landing or fixed platform, located so that a person falling from it would fall 3 or more metres, had a guard rail which complied with AS 1657 and incorporated a toe board.

Background Details

In April 2000 the defendant was the main contractor for the construction of a two storey residence in South Perth.

On 14 April 2000 the site was inspected and it was found that a guardrail that had been erected as a means of edge protection to an edge from which a person or object could fall more than 3 or more metres did not comply with Australian Standard 1657. The guardrail had been erected without a midrail and without a kickboard. Further, the top rail was not parallel to the floor of the open edge.

The matter was heard before Mr Roberts SM.

The defendant pleaded not guilty.

Outcome Summary convicted
Conviction Date 23 Nov 2001
Court Perth Court of Petty Sessions
Fine $1,000
Costs $1,100
Charge Number 12768/01