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Action over steel roller door incident

Media release

 - 01 Mar 2012

Australia’s federal health and safety regulator, Comcare, today accepted a court-enforceable undertaking from Australian Air Express Pty Limited (AaE) following a workplace incident in 2009 when a Sydney contractor was severely injured after being struck by a steel roller door.

Geoffrey Eastwood suffered a traumatic brain injury in the accident on 28 May 2009.

Comcare’s investigation found that AaE had breached section 16 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991 by failing to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the health and safety of contractors.

Comcare’s General Manager of Regulatory Services, Neil Quarmby, said that this serves as a reminder to employers that their duty of care extends to contractors as well as employees.

“It’s these sorts of incidents that are preventable, but only if an employer is committed to putting safety first.

“However, I am pleased that Australian Air Express has demonstrated a strong commitment to improving its safety culture, including working with the Monash University Accident Research Centre,” he said.

The enforceable undertaking will operate until the end of next year when Comcare will withdraw its Federal Court proceedings against the company if it is satisfied it has complied with the undertaking.

The enforceable undertaking can be viewed on the Current actions page on Comcare’s website.

Media Contact:

Marie Guerin
03 9914 6379

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