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Unsafe electrical work leads to $30,000 fine


27 April 2020

An electrical contractor has been fined $30,000 for unsafe electrical practices after a recent hearing in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

The court found the defendant had failed to comply with section 30 of the Electrical Safety Act 2002 to ensure his business or undertaking was conducted in a way which was electrically safe. That failure had exposed a person to a risk of death or serious injury.

It had been alleged that on 13 July 2018, a worker employed by a company installing edge protection on the roof of a shed in Gatton for the defendant sustained serious electrical injuries when the metal rail he was holding contacted a high voltage overhead power line.

In sentencing, Magistrate Belinda Merrin considered the gravity of the offending was serious, the need for general deterrence and the substantial ongoing impact to the victim.

Her Honour also took into account this was a first offence, an early guilty plea, the defendant's remorse and otherwise good character, and the impact of a significant fine on the man's financial circumstances, particularly with COVID-19 already having a major bearing on his business.

The defendant was fined $30,000, plus courts costs of just over $1,600. No conviction was recorded.

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