WorkSafe WA is reminding employers of the need to carefully check High Risk Work Licences after the discovery of another falsified licence.
The agency discovered the fraudulent licence after an electronic copy was sent by WorkSafe Northern Territory with a request to transfer. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Ian Munns said a subsequent investigation found the licence issued was only for one class of high risk work, not the five it showed.
“The licence was issued to the person in question, but only for Basic Rigging class. Classes for Advanced Rigging, Boom-type Elevated Work Platform, Forklift Trucks, Order Picking Forklift Trucks and Slewing Mobile Cranes over 100 tonnes had been added at a later date.
Munns said the falsification was not overly convincing - the added parts were printed in a different font/print size, and commas were used when they are not on a genuine licence.
High Risk Work Licences apply to anyone engaged in work considered to be “high risk”, including scaffolding, dogging and rigging work and the operation of cranes, hoists, pressure equipment and forklifts.
WorkSafe's advice to potential employers or anyone in control of a workplace was to satisfy yourself that anyone you are thinking of employing for high risk work has the experience they claim to have.
“Always sight the original High Risk Work Licence card – don’t be satisfied with an emailed or texted scan or photo of the licence."
“Anyone who has concerns about a High Risk Work Licence can verify the details using the WorkSafe licence and registration search located on the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety website.
“If the person cannot be found on the licence and registration data base or the classes shown differ from the licence that has been presented, please contact WorkSafe so the issue can be followed up."
“Finally, it’s important to note that the cases of fraud in relation to High Risk Work Licences we have discovered – including this one – are referred to the relevant Police authority, in this case NT Police.”