$1.3 million enforceable undertaking to improve road safety

Date: 
Tuesday, 18 February, 2020 - 13:45
Category: 
Incidents & prosecutions
Location: 
Northern Territory

NT WorkSafe has accepted a $1.3 million enforceable undertaking from the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (DIPL) as part of legal action stemming from a fatal road accident in Darwin in 2016.

NT WorkSafe alleged that a traffic diversion setup for the Tiger Brennan Drive duplication was not in accordance with an approved traffic control diagram nor with Australian Standards.

As a result of the accident, NT WorkSafe charged DIPL with failing to comply with their health and safety duties contrary to Section 32 of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011.

The proposed activities in the enforceable undertaking include:

  • Employ dedicated staff in Road Operations to ensure better scrutiny of sub-contractor’s traffic management plans and guidance schemes in an auditing capacity;
  • Upskill DIPL staff who deal with construction contracts with respect to a better understanding of legal obligations;
  • Establish a panel contract for auditing of work zone traffic management by independent WZ1 accredited road safety auditors;
  • Review and update permit requirements and standards specification for Road construction and maintenance in relation to barriers, line marking removal, night lighting and positioning of variable message signs to improve clarity and safety for road users;
  • Implement campaigns to improve road safety and awareness at traffic management locations;
  • Fund a driving through roadwork zones module for the DriveAbout app and a learner-licensing app designed to help new road users pass the Learner Permit test.

 

Details of the DIPL enforceable undertaking are available on the NT WorkSafe website, while an enforceable undertaking was also accepted last August from contractor BMD Constructions which was responsible for the management of the roadworks.