Topic: Occupational health and safety management
Preferred language style: English (U.K.)
1000 words, About South australia occupational health and safety welfare act
the writer has to be familiar with australia’s welfare act to write this paper.
Question 1 contains most of the marks so it has to contain about 650
the writer can balance them but has to focus on the first question as
60% of the marks is on it. words
8 references 3 law cases that suit the case study and 4 academic books
and one reference should be the (The Occupational Health Safety and
Welfare Act, 1986 (SA) )
this website contains south australias welfare acts and
A safety inspector was carrying out an inspection at a local hotel. In
the kitchen he noted a garbage disposal machine which was not guarded.
This meant an operator could insert their arm into the machine. The
inspector instructs the business owner Fred to take the machine “out
of service” until it is guarded.
Fred immediately tells Jeff, a pantry hand, to put an “out of service
tag” on the machine and notifies the maintenance manager to isolate
the electricity (so the blade will not work) until a guard is
The maintenance department electrically isolate the machine but do not
get round to putting a guard on. They don’t see it as a priority as
“no ones ever been hurt by the machine before”. In the meantime the
“out of service tag” gets really dirty and is removed for cleaning. An
electrician doing some general testing notes the disconnection and
reconnects the machine.
Two weeks later Pete finds the machine blocked, he had been away on
holidays and was not aware it was out of service. He sticks a spoon
into it, when the spoon breaks he tries to grab onto it, but instead
his hand is severely cut by the machine.
1. Refer to the employer’s duty of care in the Occupational Health
Safety and Welfare legislation of your jurisdiction. Discuss with
specific reference to the legislation if you consider Fred to have
breached the employer’s duty of care?
2.What management systems would you recommend Fred should put in place
to escape liability?
3.Could anybody else be liable? Why?
**600 words question1, 300 question 2, 200 words Question 3
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