WorkSafe ACT has announced that a Canberra man has been convicted and fined $5,500 for obstructing a WorkSafe ACT inspector from performing their duties.
WorkSafe ACT report that the inspector involved was revisiting a business in Gungahlin as part of a planned inspection of cafes and takeaway food outlets on 29 July 2011. The inspector had previously identified some matters for rectification by this business and was revisiting the premises to ensure those issues had been addressed.
WorkSafe ACT notes that the inspector was physically obstructed from performing their role and removed from the premises by an individual from the business.
WorkSafe ACT advises that the Magistrate noted that the obstruction took the form of physical contact and verbal abuse, and the Magistrate also stated that inspectors should be able to perform their important function without being obstructed and abused in the way in which the inspector was in this particular case.
WorkSafe ACT reminds people that the maximum penalty for obstructing a public official from performing their duties is $22,000 and/or imprisonment for two years.