Manufacturer commits $1.5 million for safety improvements

A manufacturer has committed over $ 1.5 million for safety improvements after a worker was injured at their Somersby plant in September 2014.

The company entered into an Enforceable Undertaking (EU) with SafeWork NSW after the worker suffered a serious hand injury due to the poorly guarded metal guillotine at the site.

This is NSW’s first million dollar ruling since EUs became part of its work health and safety laws in 2012.

“Every worker in NSW has the right to a safe and healthy workplace,” said Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean.

“An EU is an alternative to prosecution through the courts, which can offer significantly greater benefits to the workplace, industry, and community.

“Borg’s EU offers it the opportunity to make significant and ongoing improvements to work health and safety in the business, and shows industry peers and the broader community that it’s committed to a safer workplace.”

As part of the EU, the company will complete a machine safety program across all of its NSW manufacturing sites; develop a work health and safety education program for Borg management; investigate ways to reduce manual handling when loading and unloading Borg trucks; sponsor an online induction program for small businesses for use by the Furnishing Association of Australia (FIAA); and promote the importance of workplace safety in the community by developing a ‘Safe by Choice not by Chance’ safety campaign.

The company spent more than $ 53,000 on work health and safety improvements following the incident. The injured worker has returned to work in late October 2014 on suitable duties.

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