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.

Alleged breach

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”.

Date accepted

15 November 2016

Further information

View the full Sundance Racking Pty Ltd undertaking.

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