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August 10
Statement: Reported Fireworks Injury at Darwin Festivals

​NT WorkSafe has commenced an investigation into the incident at the Darwin Festival where a worker suffered burns injuries.

Our preliminary findings show that there was a malfunction in a fire-effects device known as the SAFEX-FLAMEJETTT®.

The exact cause of the malfunction is still being determined and a prohibition notice has been issued preventing further use of any fire-effects device until they have been examined by a competent person

The injuries were not caused by fireworks as reported in the media.

August 02
Charges laid over death of itinerant man

​NT WorkSafe has charged supermarket giant Woolworths Ltd and Victorian based transport and warehouse company Glen Cameron Nominees Pty Ltd over the death of a 47 year old itinerant man from Maningrida.

On Friday 7 October 2016, the deceased male had fallen asleep in the loading dock area at Hibiscus Shopping Centre in Leanyer. The driver of a prime mover leaving the loading dock did not see the deceased and ran him over. The driver was a subcontractor to Glen Cameron Nominees Pty Ltd. 

Woolworths Ltd and Glen Cameron Nominees Pty Ltd have each been charged with one breach of Section 32 of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act for failing to comply with a health and safety duty. 

NT WorkSafe will allege Woolworths Ltd:

  • Failed to implement a traffic management plan, despite knowing the loading dock was frequently used as a short cut by pedestrians and a resting place by itinerants.
  • Failed to provide a site induction to the driver of the prime mover.
  • Failing to ensure that Glen Cameron Nominees Pty Ltd had proper procedures in place to provided necessary training, instruction or supervision to the driver compliance with its health and safety duties.

NT WorkSafe will allege Glen Cameron Nominees Pty Ltd:

  • Failed to have and maintain an induction program for the driver or refresher training on an annual basis. 
  • Failed to arrange a site induction for the driver at Hibiscus Shopping Centre in Leanyer.
  • Failed to ensure that the driver was aware of and complied with the company’s Standard Operating Procedures SOP 54 and SOP 55 which required drivers to physically check both the rear and front of the vehicle for pedestrians before moving.

If found guilty, Woolworths Ltd and Glen Cameron Nominees Pty Ltd will each face a maximum penalty of $1,500,000.

The matter is listed for mention in the Darwin Local Court on Tuesday 21 August 2018.


Media Contact: Peter Chan 0401 114 569

July 12
Best practice review of workplace health and safety in the NT

​On 5 May 2018, the Northern Territory Government announced a best practice review into workplace health and safety in the NT.

The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Natasha Fyles has appointed Mr Tim Lyons as the independent reviewer to examine the policies, procedures and activities of NT WorkSafe in administering the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act.

A reference group comprising of industry, union and government nominees has been formed to assist Mr Lyons with the review.

A discussion paper has now been released seeking public feedback and input into the review.

Submissions for the review close on Friday 31 August 2018.

For more information or to download the discussion paper, visit the Department of the Attorney-General and Justice website.

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