Holcim in SafeWork NSW enforceable undertaking


Truck salesperson struck by B-double on Holcim site in 2016

Holcim in SafeWork NSW enforceable undertaking
Swiss-based Holcim has pledged to improve safety on its Australian sites

 

Holcim’s Australian arm has accepted a SafeWork NSW enforceable undertaking after a visiting truck salesperson was struck by a B-double at a site operated by the construction materials firm in 2016.

On May 13 of that year, a B-double was making deliveries at a concrete batching plant at Caringbah, Sydney, when it struck and injured the salesperson, SafeWork explains.

It alleged Holcim Australia contravened section 19(2) and 32 of the Work Health and Safety Act in that it did not ensure so far as reasonably practicable the health and safety of all workers and those who may be affected by its business or undertakings.

The undertaking agreed to by Holcim and SafeWork involves a total expenditure of $1,294,100 and includes:

  • delivery of safety leadership training to front line and senior leaders in Holcim’s NSW concrete business
  • an external traffic management audit of five NSW concrete manufacturing sites
  • hosting an industry forum to provide best practice reference material to manage risk associated with vehicle and pedestrian traffic management on worksites
  • a community safety awareness campaign creating awareness of the risks to pedestrians when interacting with heavy vehicles
  • a truck advertisement campaign promoting safety awareness messages.

Lindsay Australia also recently agreed to a SafeWork NSW undertaking


The undertaking document notes that, since the incident, the firm has also committed more than $4 million on traffic management initiatives, including vehicle and pedestrian audits at all operational sites, and a further $70,000 was spent at the Caringbah concrete plant on vehicle and pedestrian separation measures and improved visibility at site entrance.

"Holcim (Australia) Pty Limited commits that the behaviour that led to the alleged contravention has ceased and that it will take all reasonably practicable steps to prevent recurrence of this type of incident," the undertaking notes.

"The changes and significant investment in traffic management infrastructure at Holcim’s sites post incident demonstrates Holcim’s real commitment to ensuring a similar incident will not occur."

 

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