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Prosecution Details

Defendant Slobodan Yelash
Section 21(1)(a) and 21(2)
Offence Date Monday, 5 March 2001
Description of Breach(es)

Being a self-employed person failed to take reasonable care to ensure his own safety and health at work.

Background Details

The defendant was a self-employed farmer who grew vegetables on a farm located in Carnarvon.

Two WorkSafe Inspectors were carrying out routine inspections of horticultural properties in the Carnarvon area. One of the inspectors observed a tractor fitted with power take off being driven with fumigation equipment attached which was being used to fumigate the soil. Methyl bromide was used. None of the persons observed were wearing any form of personal protective equipment. Methyl bromide is toxic and can be fatal. Inhalation as well as skin contact can cause a range of ill effects. Chronic poisoning can occur from successive exposure to low concentrations.

The defendant pleaded guilty. The penalty was imposed under section 21(2).

Outcome Summary


Conviction Date 16 Apr 2002
Court Carnarvon Court
Fine $5,000
Costs $277.70
Charge Number 1008/01