A Perth engineering company has been fined $10,000 after a 16-year-old apprentice lost two fingers doing dangerous work without a licence.
KEP Management Services Pty Ltd - trading as Phillips Engineering - pleaded guilty to two charges of allowing unlicensed work and was fined in the Fremantle Magistrate's Court.
The charges were brought after the first-year apprentice, who was being taught by a crane operator how to sling and direct loads, got his hand caught between two steel beams.
His right index and middle fingers were amputated to the middle knuckles.
When WorkSafe investigated, they found no one in the workplace held the proper licence for the work.
The high-risk work licence needed cannot be granted to anyone under 18.
WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said the case reinforced the need for proper training.
“A 16-year-old apprentice is not likely to be in a position to refuse to do work he is not licensed to do, which makes the situation that existed at this workplace even more worrying,” Mr McCulloch said.