A union official has been found guilty of abusing Fair Work Building Inspectors at the worksite for Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
A union official has been found guilty of abusing Fair Work Building Inspectors at the worksite for Sunshine Coast University Hospital. Warren Lynam

Union official fined for abusing Fair Work inspectors

A CFMEU official has been fined more than $2000 for threatening and intimidating inspectors at the site of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

The incident was one of six charges of threatening and intimidating inspectors from Fair Work Building Construction at three work sites on the Sunshine Coast and in Brisbane.

Fair Work Building Construction said in a statement, Kane Pearson, who had since moved to Victoria, was accused of verbally abusing two inspectors on the Sunshine Coast in July 2013; of driving his vehicle at inspectors at a worksite at Gallipoli Barracks at Enoggera in November 2013; and of abusing and attempting to punch an inspector at a Kelvin Grove worksite in November 2013.

Pearson was found guilty of the two charges levelled against him at the hospital site and of one of the charges relating to the Kelvin Grove site.

However, he was found not guilty of one of the Kelvin Grove charges and of the two charges relating to the Enoggera worksite.

He was convicted of the three offences he was found guilty on and ordered to pay $2200 over the Sunshine Coast offences and $1000 over the Kelvin Grove offence.

Fair Work Building Constriction director Nigel Hafgkiss welcomed the court outcome.

"Our investigators are often subject to extremely trying circumstances when carrying out their duties, but their ability to maintain composure and professionalism is a testament to their good character," he said.


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