SafeWork SA accepts enforceable undertaking from Morgan Sawmill Jamestown

SafeWork SA has accepted an enforceable undertaking from Morgan Sawmill Jamestown, which is estimated to cost about $ 140,000, in relation to two offences under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012.

The offence involved a failure to maintain plant in a safe condition as well as failure to provide and maintain a safe system of work when a worker was injured while cleaning a debarking machine on 15 July 2015.

The second incident in September 2015, involved a failure to provide plant in a safe condition when a worker was injured by a bench saw.

As part of the undertaking, Morgan Sawmill Jamestown has introduced new control measures on the debarking machine and altered its Safe Operating Procedure; installed remote isolators on the debarking machine; constructed and installed guards on the bench saw; engaged SafeWork SA to hold a safety meeting with all workers; sent six supervisors to further work health and safety training.

“The company has developed an emergency stop mechanism for debarking machines and, as part of the undertaking, it will provide the design at no cost to other users of these machines,” said SafeWork SA Acting Executive Director Dini Soulio.

The company will also engage Business SA to provide on-site training to all employees, engage an external auditor in assessing safety systems, introducing a Safe Worker of the Month initiative and sponsor a number of community work health and safety initiatives.

The undertaking is a legally enforceable commitment by the company to rectify a contravention or alleged contravention to improve work health and safety outcomes and performance.

“Enforceable undertakings are an effective compliance alternative to a prosecution, as they ensure the provision of practical safety benefits to workers, industry and the community, not just a financial penalty,” said Mr. Soulio.

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