October 2015

Neil Graham Gillespie

26 October 2015

On 20 March 2014 SafeWork NSW became aware that Neil Graham Gillespie was using a fraudulent National Licence to perform High Risk Work (HRW Licence) in the Open Class Crane category.

After a SafeWork NSW investigation the defendant, Neil Graham Gillespie, was charged with four breaches of Section 43(1) of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

On 26 October 2015 the defendant was convicted by the Local Court and fined a total of $7,000.

Southern Cross Rigging & Construction Pty Ltd and Khalil Merhi

6 October 2015

On 28 May 2010 a worker was injured when he jumped from a scissor lift to avoid the path of a falling mobile crane, which rolled due to overloading during the construction of a steel framework at a school.  The crane operator had jammed a stick into the override button of the Automatic Moment Limiter, allowing the crane to be operated even though the load was unsafe. 

After a SafeWork NSW investigation Southern Cross Rigging & Construction Pty Ltd was charged with a breach of section 8(2) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 and Khalil Merhi, a person concerned in the management of Southern Cross Rigging & Construction Pty Ltd was charged with a breach of section 66(b) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000.

On 6 October 2015 the defendants were convicted by the District Court and Southern Cross Rigging & Construction Pty Ltd was fined $51,000 and Khalil Merhi was fined $5,400.

Allmen Engineering Projects Pty Ltd

2 October 2015

On 14 September 2013 a worker was seriously injured when a 563kg steel beam fell on to his foot while he was unloading a stillage of steel beams, requiring several surgeries to remove 4 of his toes and part of his foot.

After a SafeWork NSW investigation the defendant, Allmen Engineering Projects Pty Ltd, was charged with a breach of section 32/19(1) of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

On 2 October 2015 the defendant was convicted by the District Court and fined $135,000.

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