Hume Doors & Timber (Aust) Pty Ltd

On 28 March 2013, a worker employed by Hume Doors & Timber was unloading timber from a delivery truck when he was struck by a pack of timber as it fell from the truck.

Alleged breach

Section 19(1) of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011

Summary of undertaking:

Hume doors will:

  • conduct an annual load restraint course for loaders, forklift drivers, supervisors and truck drivers
  • provide and install a GPS vehicle tracking and fleet management system
  • design and install safety notice boards
  • upgrade and enhance their website to provide global access
  • undertake a "Safe Level" of English project
  • provide training for supervisors and leading hands
  • develop and deliver a risk assessment and best practice machine guarding manual for the timber industry
  • host a community safety day
  • provide work health and safety skills and knowledge through a program of training and work experience to high school and unemployed students
  • commit to establishing an accredited occupational health and safety management system and third party audits of this system

This undertaking has a total expenditure of $385,345.

Reasons for accepting the undertaking

  • the alleged contravention does not appear to be a section 31 Reckless conduct category 1 offence, which if it was the case, would preclude the proposed undertaking from being accepted
  • the nature of the alleged contravention and the actions taken by Hume Doors & Timber in response to the incident are assessed as being appropriate for consideration of an undertaking
  • the strategies proposed in the undertaking have been assessed as likely to deliver long term sustainable safety improvements in the workplace, industry and community

Date accepted

30 January 2015

Date variation accepted

10 December 2015

Further information

You can view the Hume Doors & Timber (Aust) Pty Ltd in full.

You can view the variation to the excepted enforceable undertaking dated 10 December 2015.