Construction Company Director Risked Workers’ Lives
A construction company director in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, has been fined $17,000 after exposing workers to obvious risks despite warnings from WorkSafe Victoria.
A Sunshine Magistrates’ Court judge found that Ascoli Developments Pty. Ltd and director David Gurvich failed to comply with five legal notices, including two requiring work to stop immediately because of immediate danger to workers.
Workers were exposed to electrocution hazards and fall hazards.
WorkSafe Victoria officials later visited another Ascoli construction site and found similar safety breaches, leading to further charges. Ascoli has been fined $96,500.
Gurvich and Ascoli Developments Pty. Ltd were both convicted of failure to comply with prohibition notices, failure to comply with improvement notices, failure to provide safe plant and systems of work and failure to provide adequate facilities for welfare. Ascoli was additionally convicted of two charges of failure to provide information, instruction, training and supervision to workers.