A Western Australia company has been charged by WorkSafe WA for failure to provide and maintain a safe working environment for its employees.
Paspaley Pearling Company Pty Ltd is being prosecuted for an incident that occurred on April 14, 2012 in which 22-year-old pearl diver Jarrod Hampton died on duty. Paspaley Pearls has been charged under Section 19(1) and 19A(3) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984. The maximum penalty for this offence is $200,000.
WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch explained that the charge was an important step in the WorkSafe investigation. Extensive WorkSafe resources were invested in the complex probe covering all aspects of the incident.
Mr McCulloch concluded by saying that the matter was now in the hands of the courts.