NT WorkSafe accepts enforceable undertaking from construction company


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NT WorkSafe accepted an enforceable undertaking from a Darwin construction company and its director following an incident in 2016, which saw a young sub-contractor fall through a void, breaking his left femur.

The company and its director were both charged with breaching Section 32 of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act.

They entered into a legally-binding agreement to spend $209, 500 on outcomes that would improve the health and safety of their workers, the NT construction industry and provide benefits to the wider community.

The proposed activities will include employing a Safety Officer to develop, implement and continually improve proper systems of work; developing the skill set of the workers by providing accredited  training relevant to the construction industry; improving company toolbox meetings; purchasing two scissor lifts and providing relevant training to reduce the risk of working at heights; purchasing a temporary power site board to reduce the risks of electric shocks; funding the training in Certificate IV in OH&S for at least one worker to support the Safety Officer, organising an accredited Working at Height course for sub-contractors regularly used by the company; presenting a ‘lesson learnt’ to apprentices in the NT construction industry apprentices to supplement their training; sponsoring or assisting in the promotion of the importance of fall protection in the construction industry during Safe Work Month 2018 or 2019; donating $10,000 to CareFlight; and mentoring and providing information to local people and subcontractors on working at height techniques and fall protection when working in remote communities.

“The company has already implemented a number of changes costing over $10,000 to improve safety since the incident occurred,” said NT WorkSafe Executive Director Stephen Gelding.

“The accepted undertaking contained a number of activities aimed at improving the safety and building the capacity of young Territorians working in the construction industry, which would not be available through a court imposed penalty.”

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