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Fake High Risk Work Licences in WA

Graham Marshall - Friday, June 07, 2013

WorkSafe WA has recently issued a warning that fraudulently-produced High Risk Work Licenses are in circulation in Western Australia.

The fake licenses have been printed in New South Wales and a further warning states that unconfirmed information suggests that fake licenses are being made overseas.

The scam was discovered when two workers visited the WorkSafe office in Karratha to have their NSW permits upgraded to acknowledge additional rigging classes.

Fortunately WorkSafe's procedures for verifying the validity of licenses issued in other states revealed that these licenses were fraudulent.

WA's WorkSafe Commissioner Lex McCulloch is reported as saying that "it is of great concern that holders of High Risk Work Licenses may not be adequately trained to perform high risk work safely and competently, and I urge employers, assessors and trainers to verify any High Risk Work Licenses presented to them".


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