WA: Warning on falsified high risk work licences

Tuesday, 21 June, 2016 - 10:00
Industry news


WorkSafe WA has issued a warning to carefully check high risk work licences after recently discovering a number of falsified licences.

WorkSafe had recently been alerted to a licence that had been altered to include classes of high risk work for which the owner had not been trained, said WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch.

“In this latest instance, a licence was presented to a Canning Vale company, and they became suspicious after not being able to confirm that WorkSafe had issued it,” McCulloch said.

“The company then sent a copy to WorkSafe requesting a check.

“Upon further investigation, it was found that the licence number was registered to another man who legitimately holds a licence for two classes of high risk work.

“The falsification was not very convincing, with the substituted name, date of birth and licence classes printed in a different type and size font from the original, so it raised suspicions straight away.”

McCulloch said high risk work licences are only issued to workers who have been appropriately trained and have the skills to perform high risk work safely and competently.

“They 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,” he said.

“Our advice to potential employers or anyone in control of a workplace is 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 WA licence and registration search, according to McCulloch, who said that if the person cannot be found on the licence and registration data base, WorkSafe should be contacted.