Contractor fined for safety negligence

Goodline and its director have been fined $10,000 by the WA Building Services Board (BSB) for negligent conduct.

The BSB found the group was negligent in carrying out building and demolition work in Wedgefield, South Hedland, and Port Hedland between 2008 and 2016.

According to the group, Goodline “failed to ensure that a valid demolition licence was in place prior to demolishing a workshop at one of the Wedgefield sites; failed to ensure that a valid building permit was in place prior to commencing the construction of a shed at the second Wedgefield site; and carried out building work, in the form of an accommodation building/motel at the South Hedland site and a shed at the Port Hedland site, without obtaining the relevant building permits.”

The company, and director John Michael Kennedy, were each fined $5000, the BSB stating that “as the sole director and nominated supervisor who consented to the company’s actions, Mr Kennedy was taken to have also committed the offences of the company”.

WA building commissioner Peter Gow added that “it is important that builders meet their responsibilities in respect to building and demolition permits for safety reasons – it is the person named as the builder on the permit who is responsible for ensuring that the building is completed in accordance with the plans and specifications and complies with the applicable standards”.

The contractor also came under fire last year after it posted a job advertisement offering a 12/1 roster in Port Hedland which was described as a ‘suicide roster’ at the time, although it later stated the posted ad was a mistake.

Goodline has a number of mining contracts in the Pilbara, and recently took over Laing O’Rourke’s terminated contract at Roy Hill.



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