IN the wake of a 2012 workplace accident, Selkirk Group of Companies has taken action to enforce a “zero harm” policy.
Selkirk chief executive officer Simon Meadows said safety measures were in place at the time of the accident, but these had since been improved on.
Mr Meadows said recommendations from a WorkSafe review following the accident had been taken into account and appropriate action had been taken.
“We have put in further safety measures as recommended by WorkSafe and have exceeded the requirements of their review,” Mr Meadows said
“Additional guarding, electronic light curtains and other minor measures have been put in place to ensure that we continue to mitigate any further potential risk.”
Mr Meadows said that the manufacturing industry naturally inhibited a certain degree of risk, and Selkirk had gone to great lengths to commit to a “zero harm” policy.
“With any manufacturing company there are areas that you need to continuously review and monitor and we have been very vigorous in reviewing all our process systems,” he said.
Mr Meadows said there was no way to have forecasted the circumstances surrounding the incident.
“Had it been pre-empted the appropriate measures would have been put in place. We had put in a number of processes, unfortunately this incident still occurred.”
The Ballarat-based company was yesterday fined $90,000 over an incident when an employee’s face was crushed by a hydraulic ram and pinned for 90 minutes.
Employee Stephen Bidgood suffered spine, jaw and collarbone injuries when he was pinned by his upper body before being flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Mr Bidgood has since returned to work.
This is the second time Selkirk has been convicted and fined over a WorkSafe incident recently when the company was fined $55,000 in 2009 after a similar incident in 2007 left an employee with serious injuries.
Selkirk spent almost $600,000 on work safe practices last financial year and Mr Meadows said all mechanisms and controls were in place as “reasonably practicable” to prevent future incidents.