Australia’s WorkSafe Victoria has issued Underwater Inspection Services Pty Ltd with an enormous A$730,000 (~US$495,734/~€445,008) fine for multiple safety violations.
The fine came after the company pleaded guilty to seven charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act in the Melbourne County Court.
The case arose from the firm’s negligence in maintaining adequate safety measures during routine underwater inspection procedures.
The litany of charges is grave and includes failure to perform proper risk management procedures and lack of training, inadequate maintenance of equipment and more.
As a result of the company’s actions, prosecutors said it gravely endangered the lives of its employees and left them at risk of serious accidents.
By all means, it seems diving safety is a major concern in the industry and has led the government to take draconian measures and impose stinging fines against companies that violate critical safety protocols.