On 21 June 2018, road maintenance work was being carried out by a council under a road maintenance contract with TfNSW. Tragically, a worker employed by the council suffered fatal injuries, consistent with being struck by mobile plant.
As a result of this incident TfNSW has entered into an enforceable undertaking (EU) with SafeWork NSW.
SafeWork may agree to enter into an EU as an alternative to proceeding with a prosecution in Court. It is a legal agreement that commits an organisation to making long-term, significant improvements in how it manages work health and safety (WHS). It is a step in the right direction because the measures produced by this EU will assist both communities and the transport industry across NSW.
Our Commitment to Safety
Worker safety is a core value at TfNSW. We will be delivering a range of programs over the coming months and years that will directly improve the safety of workers across NSW. In this instance, the EU is specifically focussing on council workers and contractors carrying out work for TfNSW.
The following programs have been developed as part of the EU.
- Provision of Safety Leadership Summits for council executives and officers
- Development and provision of a ‘Safe working near traffic’ and ‘Safe handling and movement of plant’ training package, and ‘train the trainer’ course for regional council nominated employees
- Creation of a new road safety campaign to improve driver behaviour around road works in regional areas.