Company & Director fined over serious injury to worker

A Western Australian company that supplies and installs underground services and its Director have been fined a total of $69,500 over an incident in which a worker sustained serious permanent injuries.

The company, Sunchaser, was also fined $2000 for permitting an employee to do construction work when he did not hold a Construction Induction Training Certificate. Sunchaser Director Andrew Gorringe was fined $22,500 after the court found that the offence occurred with the consent of, or was attributable to, the neglect of Mr Gorringe.

While completing trenching works to install services a cable drum being lifted into the trench with an excavator fell onto a worker causing serious injuries. The equipment Mr Gorringe used in the suspension was not rated for lifting, and Mr Gorringe did not hold the relevant High Risk Work Licence. Mr Gorringe had suffered serious injuries as a result of a similar incident in 1998 when a cable drum fell on him, so it was reasonable to assume he should have foreseen the hazard of cable drums being suspended near workers.