A fireworks licence holder from Parkes has been fined by SafeWork NSW following a crackdown on fireworks safety over the October long weekend.
The Parkes resident was fined $1000 for failing to comply with the conditions of their fireworks licence when supplying fireworks to a display at Coonabarabran.
The crackdown involved SafeWork inspectors conducting random inspections of fireworks displays to ensure licence holders were complying with their licence requirements.
A woman from Allworth in the Hunter Valley was also fined during the crackdown.
She was fined $3000 for illegally selling fireworks on social media in the lead up to the long weekend.
SafeWork NSW also seized 20kg of fireworks from a site at Beresfield that the woman was using to sell fireworks.
SafeWork issued explosives directions to three licence holders for failing to comply with the conditions of their licence which, if not complied with, could result in fines of up to $27,500.
Executive Director of SafeWork NSW, Peter Dunphy said the surveillance programs and fines proved that authorities were serious about cracking down on illegal fireworks sales.
“The illegal sale of fireworks on social media sites such as Facebook is a growing problem and SafeWork NSW is working closely with the NSW Police Force to crack down on this activity and keep the community safe,” Mr Dunphy said.
“The seized fireworks will now be cross-referenced by SafeWork’s Dangerous Goods and Explosives team against notifications from licensed fireworks suppliers to determine their origin.
“So the message is simple, if you’re buying or selling fireworks illegally on social media, you will be caught.
“Fireworks are not a novelty item, they are an explosive that can cause serious injuries and even death.”
Mr Dunphy said there have been three fatalities from illegal fireworks over the past two years and numerous serious injuries, including burns and loss of limbs.
“SafeWork inspectors conducted spot checks of single-use licence holders and licensed pyrotechnicians at displays across the state over the long weekend to ensure people’s lives weren’t being put at risk,” he said.
“Several explosive licence breaches were detected with one Parkes license holder fined $1000.”
In NSW, the possession, use, storage and transport of display fireworks is restricted to SafeWork NSW licence holders.
Licensed pyrotechnicians are also required to notify authorities before a fireworks display, including police, Fire and Rescue NSW or the NSW Rural Fire Service and their local council.
Anyone caught selling or purchasing fireworks without a licence faces fines of up to $27,000 and 12 months’ jail. Anyone caught displaying fireworks without a licence faces penalties of up to $27,500.
Anyone with information on the illegal use or sale of fireworks should call CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.
Information on approved fireworks displays or licensing requirements is available by calling SafeWork NSW on 13 10 50 or visiting www.safework.nsw.gov.au.