A Victorian recycling company will spend almost $300,000 to improve safety after a worker was seriously injured when he fell four metres to the ground at a Melbourne sorting plant.
The worker suffered broken ribs, three dislodged discs and damage to his vision after plunging from the roof of a structure at the Bingo Recycling Centre in West Melbourne in March 2021.
Following the incident, WorkSafe Victoria charged Bingo Pty Ltd with failing to provide necessary information, instruction, training or supervision to enable employees to work safely.
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On December 15, the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court was told the company had entered into an Enforceable Undertaking to improve safety outcomes at the plant.
WorkSafe announced the outcome on Friday, estimating that the undertaking would cost Bingo $290,000.
The worker was cleaning dust and debris from the roof of a blower cage at Bingo Recycling Centre in March 2021 when the incident occurred.
“When he stepped from the nearby designated walkway onto the caged roof, a panel gave way,” WorkSafe said, adding that the worker had been seriously injured in the fall.
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The enforceable action requires the company to ensure its employees understand how to do their jobs safely.
As part of a range of actions, Bingo will design, install, commission and trial an advanced biodegradable dust suppression system.
And it will “sponsor the development of an OHS Body of Knowledge chapter on contractor management”.
The company will donate $20,000 to the Amy Gillet Foundation’s ‘Safe Roads for Safe Cycling’ initiative, recognising the frequency of Bingo drivers encountering cyclists on the road.
If the undertaking was withdrawn or not met, Worksafe said it may reinstate the charges.
Recycling company Bingo will roll out a number of educational measures as part of a $290,000 enforceable undertaking handed down after a worker’s devastating fall. Credit: Bingo Industries
WorkSafe executive director of health and safety Narelle Beer said the risks of working at heights were well known.
“Working at heights can be incredibly dangerous, and employers must do everything they can to eliminate or reduce those risks – including making sure workers have the proper instruction and training to work safely,” she said.
“While any fall can lead to injury, the risk of serious injury or death increases significantly when working at heights above two metres.”
7NEWS.com.au has contacted Bingo for comment.