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NSW: $504,260 enforceable undertaking for serious crush injury incident

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Date: 
Wednesday, 11 May, 2022 - 12:00
Category: 
Policy & legislation
Location: 
New South Wales

A company in NSW called S & L Steel Fab Pty Ltd recently entered into a $504,260 enforceable undertaking after a 2018 incident in which a welder sustained serious crush injuries when a one-tonne impeller that was being welded to a large metal disc fell onto him.

During the task, the impeller and holding fixture detached from the welding positioner and fell forward onto the worker.

It is alleged S & L Steel Fab Pty Ltd contravened section 19(1) and 32 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, and activities S & L Steel Fab Pty Ltd will undertake include:

  • engage a WHS training provider to deliver leadership and due diligence training
  • develop and implement a multilingual audio-visual induction program in English, Spanish, Korean and Chinese
  • undertake a WHS audit of plant and equipment at the site and implementation of corrective actions
  • develop two online training courses in collaboration with Weld Australia for industry
  • provide funding towards WHS education scholarships to students of TAFE studying Certificate IV in WHS.