NT WorkSafe has accepted an enforceable undertaking by a mining company over an incident in 2015 in which two workers lost consciousness after allegedly being exposed to toxic environment.
The company, Downer EDI Mining was charged under the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act in February 2017 for failing to comply with a health and safety duty and for failing to preserve an incident site.
The enforceable undertaking is a legally binding agreement between the two parties undertaken as an alternative to prosecution. The charges against the company have been withdrawn.
The company has committed to spending $136,000 on outcomes that improve the health and safety of the NT resources industry and benefit the wider community. The outcomes include development and implementation of a digital pre-task assessment training package for workers; development and implementation of an e-health campaign on healthy lifestyle, healthy heart, prostate cancer, mental health for industry; development and implementation of a digital personal safety message campaign; presentation to industry of the findings of the incident and activities committed to under the enforceable undertaking; supporting Territory mining conferences and forums and providing information on the eHealth campaigns; donating $20,000 to Care Flight NT; and praying for four mental health first aid courses for community groups and members of the public.
“Downer EDI Mining will, as part of their undertaking, develop health and safety resources for workers and the NT Resources Industry,” said Executive Director of NT WorkSafe Stephen Gelding.
“They will also present findings of this incident to educate the rest of the industry, which will have a greater benefit to improving health and safety within the company and wider industry.”
“Enforceable undertakings also provide benefits to the wider community, compared to a court-imposed financial penalty.”