Bunbury Magistrates’ Court has fined a Picton scrap metal business, J&P Group Pty Ltd trading as J&P Metals, $80,000 (plus $3000 in costs) after it pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment resulting in a worker fatality in 2011. A Chinese worker who spoke very little English, had received only a few hours of formal training and was supervised by an inexperienced worker with limited English, was fatally crushed while oxy-cutting an excavator bucket. The court found that practicable measures such as training, safe work procedures, supervision and clear communication could have been taken in this workplace prior to the death of this worker. WorkCover WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said that ‘[s]ubsequent to the death of this worker, the employer has reassessed the risks at the yard, and individual risk assessments, methodology, JSAs and detailed cut plans must now be undertaken for any cutting job where there is a risk of pieces falling’. The Commissioner added that it is crucial that companies communicate training and procedures to workers and provide supervision ‘in a language that is readily and clearly understood’.