ABC Tissue Products accepts $1.47 million enforceable undertaking

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Date: 
Wednesday, 8 July, 2020 - 13:45
Category: 
Incidents & prosecutions
Location: 
New South Wales

A paper manufacturing and distribution firm in NSW has agreed to an enforceable undertaking worth $1,474,075 after an employee’s hand was injured in a workplace incident.

On 17 August 2016, an employee of ABC Tissue Products Pty Ltd sustained serious hand injuries whilst operating a tissue making machine at a Redfern Street premises in Wetherill Park, Sydney.

As a result, ABC Tissue Products contravened section 19(1) and 32 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

As part of the enforceable undertaking, activities ABC Tissue Products Pty Ltd will undertake include:

  • an external consultant to review their existing traffic management plan and implementation of recommendations;
  • engage an external training organisation to conduct English lessons with a work context, for approximately 250 production staff;
  • engage an external consultant to review the guarding on 24 production lines at its Wetherill Park site, including implementing any improvements;
  • develop a safety leadership program in consultation with SafeWork NSW, aimed at raising the standard of safety leadership and improving safety culture in the manufacturing sector; and
  • develop a community awareness program in consultation with SafeWork NSW, targeted at linguistically diverse workers, to increase awareness of workers’ WHS rights and responsibilities and resources that SafeWork NSW can provide.

For more information read the full ABC Tissue Products Pty Ltd undertaking.