A 53 year old Bondi Junction man has been fined $7,000 and given a criminal record after being caught using a fraudulent licence to operate cranes on Sydney construction sites.

SafeWork NSW (formerly WorkCover NSW) prosecuted the man after he was found to have used the fraudulent licence on 29 separate occasions to work on construction sites in the CBD and eastern suburbs between January and June 2013.

The man alleged that he had obtained a national high risk work licence from WorkSafe Western Australia and was using a photocopy because the original had been stolen.

The fraud was detected after the photocopied licence was found to list a qualification that did not exist and, after liaison with their Western Australian counterparts, SafeWork NSW inspectors were able to determine that the man did not hold a high risk work licence.

SafeWork NSW laid four charges against the man for carrying out high risk work without holding a high risk work license under section 43(1) of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

The man was found guilty of all four charges in the Downing Centre Local Court on 26 October 2015 and fined $7,000. 

Executive Director of SafeWork NSW, Peter Dunphy said the judgement sent a strong message to anyone thinking of working on a NSW construction site without a valid licence.

“Cranes are a high risk piece of equipment with significant potential for injury,” Mr Dunphy said.

“Operating one of these devices without a licence is both illegal and dangerous.

“The evidence showed that had the fraud not been detected, it was likely to have continued.

“This prosecution is a good example of cross-border cooperation and sends a strong message to anyone thinking of working in NSW without a valid licence that SafeWork NSW inspectors will catch you, and you will be punished to the full extent of the law.”

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