Toplace Pty Limited

On 25 February 2014, part of a scaffold collapsed as it was being demolished, causing major traffic disruption. At the time of the collapse, there were a number of workers working on and in the vicinity of the scaffold.

Alleged breach

Toplace Pty Limited contravened sections 19(1), 19(2) and 32 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

Summary of undertaking

Activities Toplace Pty Limited will undertake include:

  • the development of a leadership framework
  • independent scaffold auditing
  • hosting a WHS conference targeted to the Arabic-speaking community in the construction industry
  • the development of advanced gamification technology on hazard identification and risk awareness on construction sites
  • funding a Case Manager at MATES in Construction
  • funding admissions to Foundation House 28-day Rehabilitation Program for members of the construction industry
  • funding for the translation from English to Arabic of promotional and marketing materials used by MATES in Construction and Foundation House.

This undertaking has a total expenditure of $348,401.

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 Toplace Pty 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.

Date accepted

16 April 2018

Further information

View the full Toplace Pty Limited undertaking.

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