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Hospitality Operator Fined $20,000

A Launceston hotel owner has been hit with $20,000 in fines after being convicted on workplace safety breaches.

Kemoh Tamba, a Liberian refugee, suffered a fractured skull after falling three metres on to a concrete floor at Waratah on York in 2012.

Today his employer and the owner of the hotel, Canji Chen, was fined $7000 in the Launceston Magistrates Court.

His company Jin Xing, received a $13,000 fine.

At the time Mr Tamba was moving furniture for Mr Chen, 41, while Waratah on York was being renovated.

Mr Chen had been told by the builders that the furniture could only be placed in Room 7 of the hotel as this had been signed-off as safe.

However Mr Chen, not wanting to mark the room’s carpet, instructed Mr Tamba and another worker, also a Liberian refugee, to place the furniture elsewhere.

Mr Chen, who pleaded guilty , also told Mr Tamba to move the safety bollards preventing access to the area.

As Mr Tamba began stacking the furniture he fell backwards of the first floor landing.

The court heard the workers were not given an induction, training or a hard hat and were not asked how well they could understand English instructions.

In handing down his sentence, Magistrate Reg Marron said Mr Chen’s behaviour was risky and dangerous.

Mr Chen and his company were prosecuted by Workplace Standards Tasmania.

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