Enforceable Undertaking

TfNSW has entered into an enforceable undertaking (EU) with SafeWork NSW.

Introduction

On 21 June 2018, road maintenance work was being carried out by a council under a road maintenance contract with Transport for NSW (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 assist both communities and the transport industry.

Our Commitment to Safety 

Worker safety is a core value at Transport for NSW and we will deliver a range of programs over the coming months and years that will directly improve the safety of workers. In this instance, the EU specifically concentrates on council workers and contractors undertaking work for Transport for NSW.

The following programs have been developed as part of the enforceable undertaking.  

  • 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.

What does this mean for you?