Charges dropped against Darwin tiling company over workplace incident

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An enforceable undertaking by a Darwin tiling company and its director to spend more than $34,000 on outcomes that would improve the health and safety of workers, rather than face prosecution over a 2016 workplace incident has been accepted by NT WorkSafe.

The tiling company and the director were both charged with breaching Section 32 of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act which saw a young worker fall approximately 2.9 meters through a void, breaking his left femur.

The Darwin branch of the RSPCA will be one of the beneficiaries of the work health and safety (WHS) sanction. Under the agreement, RSPCA will receive approximately $18,400 worth of tiling services aimed at reducing the accumulation of biohazards, and reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls at the Darwin shelter.

The agreement will see the production of a video resource on fall protection for industry use and additional training for FR Tiling staff. The director will also be required to present a lesson learnt during the Work Health and Safety module of a career readiness program for graduates.

NT WorkSafe executive director Stephen Gelding said a court-imposed penalty would not deliver the outcomes outlined in the accepted enforceable undertaking.

“A number of the commitments will deliver an increase in knowledge and training to the company’s workers and the wider industry” Mr. Gelding said.

“This will build the capacity and capability of the Territory’s workforce.”

“Mr. Yaweri and FR Tiling will need to spend an additional $34,460 on top of the $10,000 already spent to meet all the commitments proposed in their undertaking.”

“The charges against Mr. Yaweri and FR Tiling will be withdrawn now that the enforceable undertaking has been accepted,” Mr. Gelding said.

Additional information on the agreed activities of the enforceable undertaking is available on NT WorkSafe website.

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