We have accepted an enforceable undertaking from SICON Limited.

Incident

On 16 March 2020, while approaching an area of roadworks, the victim lost control of his motorcycle and collided with a caravan travelling in the opposite direction. As a result of the incident, he was placed in an induced coma and subsequently had his right arm amputated.

Alleged Breach

Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, S 36(2), 48(1) and 48(2)(c)

The alleged contravention does not amount to an offence against section 47 (reckless conduct) which would preclude it from being accepted.

Summary of Enforceable Undertaking

  • Acceptable amends to the Victim
  • A range of key activities to improve the health & safety of then SICON workforce
  • A data collection initiative with Waka Kotahi
  • A suite of initiatives for the benefit of the community

This enforceable undertaking has a total expenditure of at least $315,000

Reasons for Accepting the Undertaking

The enforceable undertaking meets the requirements of WorkSafe’s Enforceable Undertakings Operational Policy (June 2019):

  • The nature of the proposals in the application and the benefits that would be realised to the health and safety system from them: The activities in the enforceable undertaking will provide long-term sustainable health and safety improvements in the workplace; industry; and community.
  • The nature of the alleged contravention and how serious it was.
  • Information received from any interested party in relation to the contravention.
  • Mitigation and remedial action, already taken or planned, regarding both the contravention and any person affected by the contravention (including victims).
  • The person’s past performance and history of compliance with health and safety legislation.
  • Any likely outcome if the matter were dealt with by legal proceedings.
    • A charge was filed in relation to this incident on the basis that there was both evidential sufficiency and a public interest in initiating prosecution. A successful prosecution outcome may have resulted.
    • The undertaking accounts for the benefits that accrue to Unison by a prosecution not proceeding.
  • Any other matter which WorkSafe thinks is relevant.
    • The undertaking delivers benefits beyond compliance.
    • The undertaking supports WorkSafe’s strategic objectives.
    • The undertaking contains acceptable terms.
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