Central Highlands Regional Council (CHRC)
|22 January 2018
|On 3 December 2014, workers employed by a sub-contractor engaged by Central Highlands Regional Council (CHRC) were operating an excavator to dig a trench for the installation of sewer pipes. The injured worker was requested to pass a tool from a worker inside the trench to the excavator operator. As the worker was approaching the excavator and trench, the side of the trench collapsed trapping the worker. As a result, the worker sustained multiple injuries.
|It was alleged that CHRC failed to comply with sections 300(1) and 300(2) of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.
|Summary of undertaking:
In the event of an alleged contravention of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act), the regulator may, as an alternative to prosecution, accept an enforceable undertaking (EU) given by the person who is alleged to have committed the contravention. An accepted EU aims to deliver tangible work health and safety benefits to workers and the workplace, industry and the community, which may not have been delivered if the matter were prosecuted.
This undertaking has a total minimum expenditure of $410,103 (including recoverable departmental costs).
An enforceable undertaking may be withdrawn or varied where compliance with the undertaking is subsequently found to be impractical, or where there has been a material change in the circumstances.
Click here for a list of Enforceable Undertakings Listed on WorkSafe Qld Website https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/laws-and-compliance/compliance-and-enforcement/enforceable-undertakings/enforceable-undertakings-list