NT WorkSafe accepts enforceable undertaking

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NT WorkSafe has accepted the enforceable undertaking proposed by a major supermarket following the 2016 death of a Maningrida man who was hit by a prime mover in a shopping centre loading dock.

The supermarket was charged with a breach of work health and safety laws for failing to comply with a health and safety duty.

The main undertaking which is worth $1.6 million was committed to upgrading the infrastructure of back docks at all of the company’s stores across the Territory to improve traffic management controls. This is in addition to the $500,000 already spent to secure the shopping centre loading dock and other loading docks of the store that were considered high-risk.

“Being struck by a vehicle or other mobile plant like forklifts, is a major hazard in workplaces across the country,” said Acting Executive Director NT WorkSafe, Melissa Garde.

“All retailers should look at their traffic management arrangements to ensure a similar incident doesn’t occur at their workplace.”

More than $50,000 of the enforceable undertaking has been committed for research and development into using digital technology for continuous controlled monitoring of loading docks, the development of a Retail Dock Safety Guide, and through the delivery of free industry presentations on traffic management risks.

Seventeen defibrillators have also been purchased to be distributed by St John Ambulance for community use. Funds have also been donated to support Lifeline operations in the Northern Territory.

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