Origin Energy Limited

On 23 September 2013, two workers received burns as a result of exposure to an LPG flash fire.

Alleged breach

Section 19(1) 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 Origin Energy Limited will undertake include:

  • a Leadership Development Presentation for LPG Leadership Team and Senior Leaders
  • a Leadership Development Presentation for NSW Front-line (terminal and driver) supervisors
  • a Leadership Development Program for LPG Leadership Team and NSW Front-line (terminal and driver) supervisors
  • the installation of a Scavenger Tank System at Origin Energy Limited’s Eden Facility
  • the production of two safety videos with respect to LPG
  • work with the Concord Hospital Burns Unit

This undertaking has a total expenditure of $340,500.

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 Origin Energy Limited 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

18 March 2016

Date completed

6 August 2018

Further information

View the Origin Energy enforceable undertaking.

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