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UpdatesJul 17, 2020

Company receives $1.5 million blow over inadequate safety

A recent enforceable undertaking demonstrates the significant monetary costs that can result from a worker being injured on machinery where the safety interlock has been disabled.

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A recent enforceable undertaking demonstrates the significant monetary costs that can result from a worker being injured on machinery where the safety interlock has been disabled.

The undertaking entered into last month by ABC Tissue Products Pty Ltd (the Company) is valued at nearly $1.5 million.

Approximately $500,000 of that value is attributed to loss in production resulting from the proposed English language training to be provided to nearly 200 workers, as well as $150,000 spent on fixing the safety of the machine in question.

The undertaking relates to an incident in August 2016, when a worker sustained serious hand injuries when operating a tissue making machine at the Company’s site in Wetherill Park, NSW.

The key areas the undertaking focuses on include:

The undertaking, published in full on the SafeWork NSW website, highlights for businesses the importance of taking a proactive approach to developing and improving the safety culture of their organisation. A focus on educating the workforce, including language skills, on safety processes and also improving safety leadership, are key lessons for all organisations.

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