A large building products company's enforceable undertaking

Background:

A large building products company was involved in five separate safety incidents at three of its sites between July 2011 and June 2012, four of which involved the use of a side load grab on a crane and the other involved a forklift.

WorkSafe alleged breaches to multiple provisions of the Victorian OHS Act including; failing to have systems ensuring safe handling; failing to provide information, instruction and training to workers and failing to ensure non-employees were not exposed to risk of injury.

Following the incident, the large building products company contributed $117,000 to a research project regarding ways to improve the design and safety of side load grabs which led to the development of a safe lift system and a crane interlock system.

Outcome:

The large building products company has entered into an enforceable undertaking in lieu of prosecution to contribute a further $667,000 to OHS initiatives, including; fitting the new systems to side load grabs used in its workplaces, helping eligible employers in the glass industry buy the SLS and crane interlock systems and sharing its information and training through the Australian Glass and Glazing Association and commissioning an industry study into the safe shipment of float glass.