Gilgandra Shire Council

On 13 November 2014, a worker employed by Gilgandra Shire Council, sustained injuries when he attempted to move a mobile elevated work platform when it became lodged in a creek bed, causing it to fall on him.

Alleged breach

Gilgandra Shire Council contravened sections 19(1) and 32 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

Summary of undertaking

Activities Gilgandra Shire Council will undertake include:

  • Conduct a Plant Safety Improvement Program
  • Establish a Workplace Wellbeing Strategy
  • Undertake Orana Regional Organisation of Council Safety and Wellbeing Initiative
  • Establish and implement a Community Awareness Program.

This undertaking has a total expenditure of $193,400.

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 Gilgandra Shire Council 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

21 January 2018

Further information

View the full Gilgandra Shire Council undertaking.

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