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NT: Woolworths charged after reversing truck backs over itinerant man

Wednesday, 8 August, 2018 - 16:45
Incidents & prosecutions
National News
Northern Territory

NT WorkSafe has charged Woolworths and Victorian based transport and warehouse company Glen Cameron Nominees over the death of a 47-year-old itinerant man from Maningrida.

In October last year the man had fallen asleep in the loading dock area at the Hibiscus Shopping Centre in Leanyer.

The driver of a prime mover leaving the loading dock did not see the deceased and ran him over. The driver was a subcontractor to Glen Cameron Nominees.

Woolworths and Glen Cameron Nominees have each been charged with one breach of Section 32 of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act for failing to comply with a health and safety duty.

NT WorkSafe will allege Woolworths:

  • Failed to implement a traffic management plan, despite knowing the loading dock was frequently used as a short cut by pedestrians and a resting place by itinerants.
  • Failed to provide a site induction to the driver of the prime mover.
  • Failing to ensure that Glen Cameron Nominees Pty Ltd had proper procedures in place to provided necessary training, instruction or supervision to the driver compliance with its health and safety duties.

The regulator will also allege Glen Cameron Nominees:

  • Failed to have and maintain an induction program for the driver or refresher training on an annual basis.
  • Failed to arrange a site induction for the driver at Hibiscus Shopping Centre in Leanyer.
  • Failed to ensure that the driver was aware of and complied with the company’s Standard Operating Procedures SOP 54 and SOP 55 which required drivers to physically check both the rear and front of the vehicle for pedestrians before moving.

If found guilty, Woolworths Ltd and Glen Cameron Nominees Pty Ltd will each face a maximum penalty of $1.5 million, and the matter is listed for mention in the Darwin Local Court on 21 August 2018.