Rivalea (Australia) Pty Limited recently entered into an enforceable undertaking with a total expenditure of $334,136 following an incident in which a subcontractor conducting work on a roof stood on a sheet of mini-orb ceiling material and fell through the roof onto the concrete floor below, suffering serious injuries.
SafeWork NSW said there were a number of reasons for accepting the undertaking:
the alleged contravention does not appear to be a section 31 Reckless conduct category 1 offence, which if it was the case, would preclude the proposed undertaking from being accepted
the nature of the alleged contravention and the actions taken by Rivalea (Australia) Pty Limited in response to the incident are assessed as being appropriate for consideration of an undertaking
the strategies proposed in the undertaking have been assessed as likely to deliver long term sustainable safety improvements in the workplace, industry and community
the undertaking addresses the requirements contained within the “SafeWork NSW Enforceable Undertakings Guidelines”.
As part of the enforceable undertaking, Rivalea (Australia) Pty Limited will undertake the following activities:
up to 30 contractors or community members to undertake the nationally accredited “Work Safely at Heights” training course;
up to 90 Rivalea leaders to undertake two units of the nationally accredited "Risk Management for Supervisors and Managers” training course;
engage an external WHS consultant to undertake a working at heights audit;
deliver industry presentations including ‘Lessons Learnt’ and ‘Learning from Success’ at two industry events; and