Education provider fined $50K for death of young student

An education provider in the Northern Territory has been convicted and fined $ 50,000 after a student died during a sports carnival in 2015.

The school was also required to pay a victim levy of $ 1,500.

The school pleaded guilty in the Darwin Local Court to 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.

The 12-year-old victim was fatally struck by a Toyota Land Cruiser Troop Carrier during a “Troopy Pull” (read SafetyCulture report here).

“The Troopy Pull was the favourite event at the Gawa School Sports Carnival and involved taking turns pulling a troop carrier over a certain distance,” said NT WorkSafe Executive Director Stephen Gelding.

“When the event was introduced in 2012, a risk assessment was conducted and a number of safety measures were put in place to protect the participants.

“In 2015, the teacher who introduced the event no longer worked at the school and the carnival organisers did not conduct a risk assessment or review the safety measures in place before the event.

“Mentioning work health and safety usually brings up images of high-vis workwear and people working in mining, construction or manufacturing.

He said the death could have been avoided if the risk assessment was done.

“I want to remind all businesses and workers that the work health and safety laws apply to all workplaces and conducting a risk assessment should form part of everyday work procedures.”

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