Full audit into Site Skills Gladstone assessors underway

A FULL audit is under way into all accredited assessors with Site Skills Gladstone after a second individual was found to be failing to meet requirements around issuing high risk licences.

A 10-month investigation into this individual wrapped up last month.

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The findings, obtained yesterday by The Observer, found the conditions under which 69 high risk licences were issued by the accreditor did not meet Workplace Health and Safety Queensland standards.

A WHSQ representative said the audit should be finalised before the end of the financial year.

They gave no indication there would be any action taken against Site Skills by WHSQ.

"Site Skills has fully co-operated with the investigation and made immediate moves to rectify the situation and provided retraining to those affected at no cost," the representative said.

Inspectors were at the Gladstone office this week to ensure reassessment of high risk licences was carried out properly.

A representative from Site Skills admitted the assessor had not acted in accordance with the requirements of WHSQ, and confirmed the reassessments were free of charge.

This follows reassessments already carried out by Site Skills last month after it was revealed licences - including forklift truck operation and advanced rigging - issued by a different assessor had not complied to conditions around licensing.

The representative said a significant number of the people affected had already finished their reassessment and had their competency confirmed.



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