Shamrock Electrical Pty Ltd

Between 3 August and 24 October 2012, six electrical workers were exposed to risk of inhalation of airborne asbestos fibres without respiratory protection from damaged asbestos lagging while installing electrical cables in the subfloor space of a public hospital.

Alleged breach

Clauses 299(1), 419(1) and 450 of the WHS Regulation (2011).

Summary of undertaking

Activities Shamrock Electrical will undertake include:

  • Establishment of an accredited work health and safety (WHS) management system
  • Conducting additional WHS training for all staff
  • Further developing and enhancing workplace safety culture through workshops, surveys, branding, and incentive scheme and improved consultation
  • Hosting an industry forum for electrical contractors, called ‘rethinking safety’
  • Presentation of a case study from the ‘rethinking safety’ forum at the Sydney Industries Electrical Safety Network
  • Publishing an article about the outcomes of the ‘rethinking safety’ forum in the NECA News
  • Providing a financial donation to the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute.

This undertaking has a total expenditure of $51,050.

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 Shamrock 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
  • The undertaking addresses the requirements contained within the “Enforceable Undertakings – Guidelines for Proposing a WHS Undertaking”.

Date accepted

28 January 2016

Further information

View the Shamrock Electrical Pty Ltd enforceable undertaking.