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Prosecution Details

Defendant Stirling Brown
Trading Name Geraldton Roofing Company
Regulation 3.118c
Offence Date Thursday, 9 January 2003
Description of Breach(es)

Being a self employed person failed to ensure that class 3 demolition work to be done at the workplace was done by a person who has been issued with a licence to do class 1, class 2 or class 3 demolition work; contrary to regulation 3.118c of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 made under the Occupational safety and Health Act 1984.

Background Details

The defendant was the successful tenderer to re-roof a primary school in Geraldton.

The defendant engaged subcontractors to remove the asbestos cement roofing and replace it with a tin roof. The area of the roof was approximately 890 square metres. The building was approximately 5 metres high.

A WorkSafe inspector inspected the site on 9 January 2003 and found the subcontractors working at the site, two of who were working on the roof. Approximately 300 square metres of asbestos roofing material had been removed. The removal of more than 200 square metres of asbestos roofing material is class 3 demolition work for which a WorkSafe demolition licence is required.

A search of WorkSafe records showed that neither the defendant nor the subcontractors held the necessary demolition licence to carry out the work.

The defendant pleaded guilty.

Outcome Summary convicted
Conviction Date 12 Dec 2003
Court Geraldton Court of Petty Sessions
Fine $1,000
Costs $2
Charge Number GN3712/03