Following an incident in October 2006, when two 11.3 tonne concrete panels feel from a contractor’s truck, John Holland and Thiess have entered in to a $225,000 enforceable undertaking with WorkSafe Victoria. The enforceable undertaking will require John Holland and Thiess to spend up to $225,000 on research to find best practice contractor engagement and management strategies. The company transporting the concrete panels, Transdyer Management Pty Ltd (trading as Dyers Transport) was convicted and fined $30,000 in 2009 in relation to the incident.
WorkSafe VIC report that enforceable undertakings were a recommendation of the 2003 review of the Occupational Health and Safety Act by Chris Maxwell QC. WorkSafe Victoria’s Deputy Chief Executive, Ian Forsyth, said the research was a terrific outcome for workplace safety, with “The money we would have expected to have been imposed as a fine will go directly toward a safety outcome with a practical application.
WorkSafe VIC report that under the terms of the enforceable undertaking, the companies will engage a WorkSafe-approved independent health and safety experts and report back to WorkSafe on their findings within six months.
Under the terms of the enforceable undertaking, guidance materials will be developed, posted on the companies’ websites and distributed to industry stakeholders to promote awareness.
The research will look particularly at the selection, engagement, monitoring and management of specialist contractors which dominate major infrastructure projects.
“What we’ve achieved in this case is getting two major companies to pay for research that may have application elsewhere,” Mr Forsyth said.
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