WorkCover determination: Lara

Thursday, 2 November 2017

We issued this statement responding to the Geelong Advertiser’s request for information about the City’s involvement in a Worksafe incident involving a contractor in Lara in 2016


Peter Anderson - Director Finance and Strategy

The City takes a very active, serious and responsible approach to protecting the occupational health and safety of its 2700 employees. We also place rigorous requirements on all contractors to ensure they adhere to industry best-practice OH&S standards.


What are the terms of the enforceable undertaking? What has COGG agreed to do?

  • Undertake safety training and placement for five community members, by September 2018.

  • Stage a public ‘Moot Court’ (or a ‘mock’ court case, based on a scenario from a breach of the OH&S legislation), by October 2018

  • Engage an essential safety measures advisor and an OH&S advisor for the City’s facilities maintenance unit by December 2018.

  • Deliver a social media campaign titled ‘Geelong Safe’ by October 2018.

  • Implement a new (passport-style) contractor induction process, by April 2019


What measures has COGG taken to ensure an incident like this is not repeated?

  • We now categorise ‘high risk’ works, and meet contractors on site to assess and endorse their Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS).

  • We assess the work and the proposed methodology for each aspect of ‘high risk’ work.

  • We hold safety discussions with each contractor at these on-site meetings.

  • Our technical officers perform random spot checks, to ensure contractors are performing as agreed in initial meetings.

  • We employed extra staff to address additional safety concerns and processes.

  • We hold ongoing contractor safety meetings with suppliers.

  • Our Risk / OH&S team complete spot audits on contractors.


What company was the contractor doing work?

We do not believe it appropriate to name the contractor.


Was any action taken against it?

The City and Worksafe have reviewed current work practices with the contractor.


Does COGG still use this contractor

Yes.


Was any payout made to anyone involved in this incident?

No.


Who (was it a group?) was meeting at the hall at the time of this incident?.

A community group.


What were they doing at the time?

Holding a meeting.


Were any of these people injured?

No