West Footscray distribution and warehousing company, West Point (Vic) Pty Ltd has been fined $47,000 for unsafe storage and handling of dangerous goods after pleading guilty to four charges under the Dangerous Goods Act and Regulations.
The fines were for various breaches, including failure to prevent unauthorized access to dangerous goods, failure to protect them from vehicle impact, and failure to update manifests and display proper placards.
WorkSafe inspectors found dangerous goods stored improperly, with inaccurate placards and lacking proper containment measures. Fire Rescue Victoria also noted deficiencies in fire protection.
In response to WorkSafe emphasised the importance of safety requirements for handling dangerous goods, highlighting the potential risks to workers, residents, and emergency responders.
For practical guidance on controlling risks associated with dangerous goods in the workplace, employers should refer to the Code of practice: The storage and handling of dangerous goods.