Worker guilty of hindering WorkSafe investigation

NT WorkSafe

The Alice Springs Local Court has convicted and fined a worker $4,000 for hindering a NT WorkSafe investigation into a serious incident at Ambalindum Station in Central Australia.

Ryan Watts, a Queensland based builder, plead guilty to one breach of Section 155 of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011 (the WHS Act) for (without reasonable excuse) failing to comply with a written notice to produce documents and information.

On 8 February 2018, Ryan Watts and two workers he had subcontracted were using a telehandler fitted with a man cage to install downpipes on a new shed at the station. Mr Watts and one of the workers were seriously injured when the man cage they were in broke free and fell over 2 metres.

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