WA carrier fined $89,000 for fatigue management breach

A transport service company has been fined a total of $89,000 after being convicted on 24 charges under Western Australia’s workplace fatigue management laws.

JSS Logistics Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching fatigue management regulations, and was fined in the Midland Magistrates Court last week according to the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.

The company was also ordered to pay $6807 in costs.

A total of 21 charges related to breaches of hours of work fatigue regulations, for which JSS  Logistics was given a global penalty of $80,000, and for three charges of breaching record keeping fatigue relations legislation, the company was fined $9000.

The company primarily transports machinery and portable buildings and operates out of depots in Perth and Karratha.

The charges related to ten of the 26 commercial vehicle drivers employed by the company.

WorkSafe inspectors launched an investigation into the company’s fatigue management, focusing on auditing the ten drivers’ work time, non-work time and short breaks over a four-month period.

The audit found the company’s drivers did not have the rest breaks and non-work time required by the regulations, and that the required records were not kept to the standard required by law.

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