SafeWork SA has recently suspended High Risk Work licenses for three individuals following two separate safety related incidents. Both incidents involved the unsafe operation of a mobile crane.
A crane operator lifted a rigger on the hook of the crane from one level to another, a term referred to as ‘riding the hook’.
A crane driver lifted a load that exceeded the crane’s configured lifting capacity after over-riding the safety limit switch, resulting in the crane overturning.
Following both matters being investigated by SafeWork SA, the high risk work licenses for all individuals have been suspended for three months.
The suspended individuals will be required to undertake a reassessment of competency prior to being re-issued their High Risk Work licenses.
It is an offence for these individuals to undertake the class of High Risk Work for which their suspended licenses relate to.
SafeWork SA reminds High Risk Work licence holders that their licenses have been issued on the basis they have been assessed and deemed competent to undertake the class of work safely. They have a duty to ensure their actions do not put themselves or others at risk of injury or harm whilst undertaking work activities.
Cancellation/Suspension of Licence
SafeWork SA can suspend or cancel a High Risk Work licence and disqualify the licence holder from applying for other licences if the licence holder has failed to take reasonable care to carry out the High Risk Work safely and competently.