Lawson Grains accepts $398,171 enforceable undertaking

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Wednesday, 29 July, 2020 - 12:30
Incidents & prosecutions
New South Wales

Lawson Grains recently entered into an enforceable undertaking worth $398,171 following a 2017 incident at a property at Borambil, New South Wales.

Four employees of Lawson grains were working on a fertiliser spreader attached to a tractor when the linkage arm connecting the two failed resulting in the spreader falling backwards onto an employee causing serious injuries.

Another employee who was inside the spreader was thrown out of the spreader bucket and onto the ground causing injuries.

Lawson Grains contravened section 19(1) and 32 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, and agreed to an enforceable undertaking with the following activities:

  • Implementing Safety Culture programs for Lawson Grains NSW based staff including four safety program toolkits, Safety Culture Zero Incident Process (ZIP) refresher and full program workshops, and updating the Lawson Grains WHS induction module with Safety Culture concepts and language
  • Providing Risk Assessment Training aimed at Lawson Grains NSW Farm Managers, Operations Managers and Assistant Farm Managers, and developing 9 audio visual Safe Operating Procedures
  • Engaging an external WHS auditor to undertake a targeted audit of certain tractor combinations that use tow hitches and three-point linkages
  • Printing and distributing approximately 30,000 copies of the A to Z Farm Safety Guide to small to medium PCBUs in the agriculture sector of New South Wales
  • Deliver a farm safety campaign via television, radio and social media outlets which will promote silo safety