False work licence prompts warning

Staff reporter, GERALDTON GUARDIANGeraldton Guardian
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A man operating in the Geraldton area is reportedly using a falsified High Risk Work Licence, leading WorkSafe to issue a statement warning locals to be extra vigilant.

According to the State’s work safety regulator, Peter Kevin Jenkins has 12 different classes on his falsified High Risk Work Licence that has enabled him to perform dangerous work in and around Geraldton.

WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said offenders, including Jenkins, often copied and altered licences before sending them as email attachments to prospective employers.

“I strongly advise anyone looking to employ a worker with a High Risk Work Licence to steer clear of him, and to satisfy themselves that anyone they are thinking of employing has the experience they claim to have,” he said.

“High Risk Work Licences are only issued to workers who have been appropriately trained and have the skills to perform high-risk work safely and competently, which Mr Jenkins may not.

“The falsified licence he is using is not a particularly good copy, and has an old and outdated WorkSafe logo in the top right-hand corner.”

Mr McCulloch said the licence number used belonged to somebody else and that it had not been established whether Jenkins was using his real name, or how many other aliases he may be operating under.

Some of the falsified qualifications Jenkins reportedly holds include licences for dogging, forklifts, advanced rigging, advanced scaffolding, hoists, concrete placing booms and several types of cranes.

The issue has been referred to police.

Anyone with concerns about a High Risk Licence is encouraged to verify the details using the WorkSafe licence and registration search located on the Department of Commerce website.

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