Poor risk management, emergency planning, and training for confined spaces work put an electrician’s life in danger and threatened the safety of 14 others who went to his aid in a grain silo incident, says WorkSafe Chief Inspector Keith Stewart.
The electrical company Austin Bros (1980) and the farming partnership Mark and Sonia Dillon appeared in the Gore District Court for sentencing on 14 June 2017 and in a reserved decision, the court has fined the company and the partnership for their roles in the incident.
In March 2016 two electricians were wiring up motors in a newly commissioned grain silo on the Dillon’s property. The electricians were working on top of the grain without harnesses and with no power isolation. A truck arrived to empty the silo and the grain outfeed auger was turned on.
The critical importance of following industry guidelines and adequately assessing hazards and risks in the workplace was highlighted in today’s judgement of a large drainage contractor after an employee was run over by an excavator.
Hydrotech Limited pleaded guilty to one charge under section 6 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act (1992) for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of its employees.
WorkSafe New Zealand’s investigation found that the company failed to carry out an adequate hazard and risk assessment for the task and did not identify appropriate control measures and communication systems, exclusion zones and a spotter
WorkSafe New Zealand says businesses must actively identify and control risks that could kill or maim their workers.
In the Christchurch District Court, Sullivan Packaging Ltd was fined a total of $52,000 and ordered to pay $20,000 reparations after a worker was trapped unconscious in a machine he was carrying out maintenance on after an unlocked metal plate collapsed on him. The company pleaded guilty to two charges under section 6 (failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of its employees while at work) of the Health and Safety in Employment Act (1992).
The worker died the next day after a coronary episode.
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