Tradie tickets revoked due to failure by assessor

ALMOST 300 tradesmen have received a letter in the mail informing them some of their qualifications are not valid.

Tradesmen with high-risk licences - including forklift truck operation and advanced rigging - have had them revoked after Work Health and Safety Queensland inspectors found evidence an accredited assessor had failed to comply with conditions around issuing licences.

Yesterday, Site Skills Group, the company aligned with the accredited assessor, provided a written statement to The Observer that confirmed the individual assessor had not met the requirements to issue licences, and also that the company was no longer associated with that provider.

"Site has had no contact or involvement with this assessor since October 2013," the statement read.

Letters have been sent from the Department of Justice and the Attorney-General to 290 tradesmen considered qualified to operate nine different types of equipment, including managing crane loads, stating their competency was not recognised and had to be reassessed.

The letter stated evidence obtained by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland inspectors showed those tradesmen "may not be competent to carry out that class of work".

It carried on: "If you do not obtain reassessment and supply the required evidence your (licences) may be cancelled."

The date for tradesmen to comply is March 2.

Site Skills Training, a company that trains more than 15,000 people per year, has confirmed it will bear the cost of providing a series of "do-over" training sessions at no charge to those affected.

A Workplace Health and Safety representative said these sorts of situations "were rare" and inspectors regularly audited providers.

But accredited trainer Steve Walters - who travels Queensland assessing workers for high-risk licences - said the problem was widespread in the state.

He said accredited assessors were too often cutting corners, and offering kickbacks to companies for delivering training in less time than legally required.

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