The death of a Maningrida man at a Woolworths loading dock has sparked a $1.8 million upgrade across all stores in the Territory.
The man was run over by a prime mover in the Hibiscus Shopping Centre loading dock in 2016.
The supermarket giant was charged with one breach of Section 32 of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011 for failing to comply with a health and safety duty.
Acting executive director of NT WorkSafe, Melissa Garde said the main undertaking worth $1.6 million was committed to upgrading the infrastructure of back docks at all Woolworths stores across the Territory to enhance traffic management controls above what is required by law.
This figure is in addition to the $500,000 already spent by Woolworths to secure the Hibiscus Shopping Centre loading dock and other Woolworths loading docks in the Territory that were considered high risk.
"Being struck by a vehicle or other mobile plant like forklifts, is a major hazard in workplaces across the country," Ms Garde said.
"Shopping centres have a high level of vehicle and pedestrian traffic, and the Hibiscus Shopping Centre loading dock was routinely used as a short cut.
"All retailers should look at their traffic management arrangements to ensure a similar incident doesn't occur at their workplace."
More than $50,000 of the enforceable undertaking has been committed for research and development into using digital technology for continuous controlled monitoring of loading docks and the development of a Retail Dock Safety Guide.
St John Ambulance will also distribute 17 defibrillators for community use and a donation of funds will support Lifeline operations in the Northern Territory.
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