Tyre contractor Otraco International has entered into an enforceable undertaking in which it will pay at least $458,219 including the funding and delivery of safety and community projects at a minimum cost of $385,570.
The enforceable undertaking follows regulatory action by the NSW Resources Regulator over an incident in which a worker received burns to his head and upper body when a fire started while he was refuelling a diesel-powered tyre handler vehicle.
Due to a series of failings, diesel fuel leaked and caught fire in the incident on 10 August 2017.
“Under the terms of the undertaking, Otraco will develop and deliver a best practice training package to enhance operator competence in the use and maintenance of earthmoving and off-the-road tyre handlers and make these resources freely available to the industry,” said NSW Resources Regulator Acting Chief Investigator Andrew Tull.
“Further, two new internship positions will be created to oversee the video training package development and an $80,000 donation will be made by Otraco to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.”
The Regulator has previously accepted an undertaking from Mt Arthur Coal in relation to the same incident.
This alone was the highest value mining work health and safety undertaking accepted in NSW and takes the combined value of both undertakings to $1,548,696.
This figure is in addition to an estimated $972,440 already spent by both parties on rectification works.
A copy of the Enforceable Undertaking and reasons for the decision can be found here and the regulator’s investigation report can be found here.