Sundance Racking Pty Ltd
On 9 September 2013, a worker sustained a range of injuries after falling from a height exceeding 2 metres whilst undertaking activities related to the installation of a mezzanine level in an industrial premises.
Sections 19(1) and 32 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 Sundance Racking Pty Ltd will undertake include:
- Enhanced training for Team Leaders in fall prevention techniques.
- Enhanced training for Sundance’s key leaders around safety leadership foundation and risk assessment.
- Updating workplace manuals (including the production of three videos) to contain safety specific modules around racking and mezzanine floor installation.
- Arranging for five (5) staff to undertake a certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety.
- Development of fall prevention methods and equipment, designed specifically to assist in the safe installation of mezzanine flooring. Equipment will be offered to industry.
- Development of a racking installation self-auditing tool (in the form of video/checklist).
- Provision of harnesses and other equipment for working at heights to a local SES branch.
This undertaking has a total expenditure of $189,815.00.
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 Sundance Racking Pty Ltd 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”.
15 November 2016