Printer commits to $450,000 undertaking after forklift incident

A Sydney-based printing company has committed $450,000 to various work health and safety undertakings after a worker was hit by a forklift.

In lieu of prosecution, Offset Alpine Printing Pty Ltd entered an enforceable undertaking to deliver strategies that would give long-term, sustainable work health and safety improvements in the workplace, industry and community.

The injured worker was standing near his truck when he was struck by a forklift as the forklift driver attempted to load pallets onto the tray of the truck.

As a result of the incident, Offset Alpine Printing will spend $78,025 completing a traffic management plan at both its despatch dock at Lidcombe and its warehouse at Warwick Farm.

Another $209,162 has been earmarked to establish a uniform framework of policies that will help reduce incidents in key risk areas. Technology will be enhanced to improve identification of trends and issues, and increase automation of data entry, notifications and follow-ups.

The company has also committed $165,000 to a six-month forklift safety awareness campaign, which will include videos, public relations, posters, brochures, blog posts, infographics and social media updates.

Offset Alpine spent almost $50,000 in rectifications made as a result of the alleged contravention, including repainting safety walkways and stop signs, painting pedestrian crossings in the despatch yard, constructing a waiting area in the despatch dock for drivers, and designing an induction training program for contracted drivers.

Read the full undertaking.

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