SITA Australia Pty Ltd

On 18 February 2013, a worker employed by a labour hire company was attempting to realign a roller on a conveyor belt approximately three metres from ground level, when he stepped out of the elevated work platform onto a waste bin and fell to the concrete floor.

Alleged breach

Section 19(3)(c)(d)(f) of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act), as a person with health and safety obligations prescribed under Section 32 of the WHS Act.

Summary of undertaking

Activities SITA will undertake include:

  • expanding the Executive Management Due Diligence Review Program nationally for high risk activity reviews including working at heights
  • developing individual toolbox talk sessions for life saving rules for high risk activities
  • updating the content of the Online Induction Program to include each life saving rule
  • developing and delivering a national Safety Leadership Training Package for managers and supervisors
  • developing and implementing a Roles and Responsibilities e-learning module for managers and supervisors
  • developing and implementing a fact sheet for supervisors on supervision, roles and responsibilities
  • developing a due diligence publication
  • promoting due diligence and lessons learnt to an industry forum
  • funding an educational scholarship and work placement offer
  • sharing knowledge through a small business assistance program
  • developing a health and safety awareness module for community facility tours
  • committing to third party audits of SITA's existing occupational health and safety management system.

This undertaking has a total expenditure of $202,500.

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 SITA 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 September 2014

Date completed

23 November 2016

Further information

You can view the SITA Australia Pty Ltd enforceable undertaking in full.