1 November 2018
SafeWork SA has been successful in its prosecution of an energy company for breaches of WHS legislation that resulted in an employee receiving serious burns to his arms and minor burns to his face while undertaking live electrical work in March 2016.
The South Australian Employment Tribunal on Wednesday found that Simec Zen Technologies (Power and Energy) had inadequate WHS systems in place at the time of the incident and exposed its employees to a risk of death or serious injury. The company was fined $114,000. SafeWork SA Executive Director Martyn Campbell said the successful prosecution was a reminder to businesses and workers of the crucial importance of safe work procedures. “Every business should ensure workplace hazards are identified and risks are eliminated or controlled. It is essential for organisational leaders to encourage workers to take care of their safety and also provide them with the appropriate training, equipment and support to do their job in the safest way.” Simec Zen Technologies admitted that it failed to undertake adequate hazard identification and risk assessment processes for the work being conducted the day of the incident.