Tunnel contractor fined $150,000 for failing to provide safe workplace

The main contractor for the Forrestfield Airport Link Project has been fined $150,000 (and ordered to pay $3,000 in costs) after a worker sustained major electrical burns when a crane made contact with or came too close to high voltage overhead power lines.

Salini Australia Pty Ltd pleaded guilty in the Perth Magistrates Court last month to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee. The company was fined on Friday.

In October 2017, a crane crew was summoned to the south site of the project to relocate and install a 10 metre long time-lapse camera pole on top of a concrete block to monitor the construction works.

The crane crew did not regularly work at the south site and had not received an induction specific to the south site. When they moved the pole vertically, the boom of

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Nursing Homes Fined for COVID Infection Control Lapses

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has fined 218 nursing homes more than $17.6 million for the most serious infection control violations that put residents in “immediate jeopardy,” conditions CMS believes are likely to seriously injure or kill them.

According to MedPage Today‘s analysis of the latest federal data, nursing homes with some of the highest penalties since January include the Pennwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pennsylvania ($983,840), Life Care Center of St. Louis in Missouri ($495,900), Brenham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Texas ($427,000), and Riverside Health Care Center in Georgia ($384,199).

Click here for a list of nursing homes that were fined.

“To be forced to reckon with citations and penalties which will draw from funds needed to continue the work of fighting this virus seems to be an inappropriate use of our resources,” said Brooke Ladner, senior vice president

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Developer fined Rs 1 crore for not registering project

MahaRERA also asked the developer to refund Rs 11.87 lakh for providing less carpet area.

The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (Maha-RERA) has imposed a fine of Rs 1 crore on a developer for violating provisions of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act. It has also directed the builder to refund Rs 11.87 lakh for providing 63 sq ft lesser area than promised to the home buyers in a Byculla housing project.

The order of MahaRERA member BD Kapadnis, dated October 29, also directed the developer – Mahimkar Builders and Developers Pvt Ltd – to remove an alleged illegal construction on the 8th floor and keep the refuge area vacant. The order also asked the developer to refund 4 per cent excess GST amount taken from a home buyer, provide covered car parking, and form a co-operative society within one month.

The order came on a complaint by

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Contractor, subcontractor fined RM180k over SUKE construction mishap

KUALA LUMPUR: The main contractor and subcontractor of the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Expressway (SUKE) project have been fined RM180,000 for failing to ensure safety at the construction site in a Sept 19 incident in which a concrete slab fell from the elevated highway and crushed on a passing car.

Bernama reported that a Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) statement on Tuesday (Nov 3) said the main contractor, MRCB Builders Sdn Bhd, would be fined RM80,000, while subcontractor Makna Setia was slapped with a RM100,000 fine.

Both contractors were fined under Section 34B (1) (c) and Section 34C(1) of the CIDB Act 1994 (Act 520), which states that it is the contractor’s duty to ensure the safety of building and construction works either during or after construction.

“The CIDB investigation found that the subcontractor also did not follow the proper work procedures and has a site supervisor with no accreditation.


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Oregon Contractor Fined for Multiple Job Safety Violations

Oregon OSHA has fined a general contractor in Roseburg more than $38,000 for multiple serious job safety violations, including repeatedly failing to follow the minimum requirements to protect workers from fall hazards that could reportedly kill them.

The division cited Mid Oregon Builders LLC following an inspection prompted by a confidential complaint. The inspection included an examination of work activity at residential construction sites in Sutherlin, Winston, and Roseburg; interviews of employees and a supervisor; and a review of the company’s recordkeeping practices.

In one alleged violation, the company failed to follow requirements to implement adequate fall protection systems where workers are exposed to falling six feet or more to a lower level. One example involved roofing work at a jobsite in Sutherlin, where the company reported left employees in danger of potentially falling at least 13 feet.

The failure to comply with Oregon OSHA’s six-foot trigger-height requirements was a

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B.C. condo owner fined $27,000 for renting out apartment without strata approval

A tribunal has ordered a B.C. condo owner to pay fines totalling $27,000.

Monica Copeland was found to have rented out her apartment without first securing the approval of the strata council in violation of the strata’s bylaws.

Copeland bought the Central Saanich condo in 2014, and her daughter Morgan then began living in the unit.

In 2018, a person identified only as LA began to live with Morgan.

Copeland argued before the B.C. Civil Tribunal that LA was not renting, and was her daughter’s companion.

Moreover, the condo owner claimed that LA was not a tenant because there is no evidence that she paid rent.

However, B.C. Civil Resolution tribunal member Julie K. Gibson noted that the Residential Tenancy Act defines rent as “money paid…or a value or a right given or agreed to be given, by or on behalf of a tenant to a landlord”.

“The RTA definition

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Ex-contractor jailed 14 days, fined RM1,000 for flouting quarantine order

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A former contractor was sentenced to 14 days in jail and fined RM1,000 today for failing to self-quarantine as ordered by the health ministry after returning from Sabah where he had gone to vote in the recent state election.

Magistrate Muhammad Nazrin Ali Rahim handed down the sentence on Md Syafrizan Salleh, 32, after he pleaded guilty to the offence. His jail term will begin today.

The court also ordered the father-of-two, who hails from Papar, Sabah, to be jailed another seven days if he fails to pay the fine.

“You should have acted responsibly and understood that the self-quarantine was necessary after you returned to the peninsula from a high-risk area, to ensure that you were really healthy and would not infect others because if you were (Covid-19) positive, it would have had an impact on the lives and safety of others,” Nazrin told

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