Why Bunnings’ iconic snags will never be the same again

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Hardware retailer Bunnings is copping flak online after issuing new guidelines to sausage sizzlers asking them to place onions underneath snags rather than on top.

The decision has split the internet, sparking a debate about how the classic Australian sausage in bread should be eaten.

Furore aside, the reason behind the decision is actually fairly sensible, at least from the perspective of Bunnings’ legal team.

Bunnings’ chief operating officer Debbie Pool explained in a statement the change was driven by occupational health and safety concerns, namely that onion falling from the top of sausages onto the ground creates a slipping hazard.

“Safety is always our number one priority and we recently introduced a suggestion that onion be placed underneath sausages to help prevent the onion from falling out and creating a slipping hazard,” she said.

While the prospect of someone slipping over a rebellious piece of onion and breaking their hip sounds ridiculous, the retailer has about 300 stores across the country and services thousands of customers daily.

Imagine a customer cantering towards the exit in a bid to get back home and finish their DIY project it only takes one stray slice.


But why?

Gina Capasso, special counsel at KHQ and an expert in occupational health and safety law, says it’s hard to see stray onion being a big risk for Bunnings, but there is a clear liability.

“Bunnings has a duty under the work health and safety legislation in running their business,” she tells SmartCompany.

“Anything that arises from their business that creates a risk to those workers or other persons means they need to identify, assess it and implement appropriate controls.”

Capasso explains even some stall operators, depending on whether they are not-for-profits, could also be liable under OH&S laws.

Bunnings is likely taking preventative steps so if a slipping case does come before the court in the future, they’ll be able to argue that they’ve attempted to rectify hazards.

“They would argue that they took steps to prevent it from happening,” Capasso says.

It doesn’t appear as though Bunnings has directed stall operators to onion up sausages in a particular way, but the provision of guidelines provides it with a degree of legal protection.

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Michael Kaff
2 years ago

Such big issues…WOW! Where are our priorities? If you go to Europe, WHS issues are everywhere and they still managed to survive for 1000’s of years. Are we getting a little precious here in Australia? I think so!

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Mark
Mark
2 years ago

Have to agree that onion on top does sometimes spill, generally onto my clothes with sauce attached – so probably a good initiative all round.

I’d be more concerned about whether the sausage is cooked through, and then there’s the burning issue of overcooked sausages being carcinogenic.

John Hutchinson
John Hutchinson
2 years ago

This is where stupidity wins the day. Who could care less whether the Onions or Sausage goes on first? Social Media SH&TSTORM.

Bdub
Bdub
2 years ago

And this is why our country is rooted. Get the cotton wool jumpsuits out everybody, God forbid that the general public or employee’s take accountability for what they step on or in!
If you want to be governed to within an inch of your life, welcome to Australia the land of government corruption and propaganda!

Michael
Michael
2 years ago

What a load of bollocks!! We are being nannied to death….

Michael Kaff
2 years ago

When you go to Europe there are WHS issues all around you and they managed to survive for thousands of years. Aren’t we being a tad too precious here in Australia?

http://www.mkaff.net