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BIS Industries Charged with Alleged Breaches of Federal Work Health & Safety Laws

South Australia (News4us.com) April 06, 2011

BIS Industries Charged with Alleged Breaches of Federal Work Health & Safety Laws

BIS Industries Charged with Alleged Breaches of Federal Work Health & Safety Laws

Australia’s federal work health and safety regulator, Comcare, today launched Federal Court proceedings against BIS Industries Ltd (BIS), one of Australia’s leading providers of logistics support to the mining and steel industries, following a serious fall at a South Australian steelworks.

Comcare alleges that BIS breached federal work health and safety laws by failing to take all reasonably practicable steps to provide a safe working environment for its employees.

On 29 July 2009, a BIS worker fell 1.5 metres at a steelworks site in Whyalla into a confined space, sustaining spinal injuries including three fractured vertebrae.

Comcare Work Health and Safety Group General Manager, Neil Quarmby said such falls can be avoided through vigilance and improved systems and control. He said Comcare will take appropriate enforcement action where systems fail workers.

This is the first court action commenced by Comcare against BIS for an alleged contravention of federal work health and safety laws.

The maximum penalty for the alleged breach is $242,000.


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