Canterbury business, Rangiora Carpets Limited has been sentenced to pay a total of $178,228 following an incident on 2nd June 2016.
An employee was pushing a box of files atop a mezzanine floor that was not consented, nor compliant with the building code. The worker lost her balance, and since no balustrade was in place, there was nothing to stop her going over the edge. She fell through a suspended false ceiling and landed on the floor, 2.5m below.
The victim suffered serious injuries, including a broken right arm, collarbone, and shoulder, a fractured pelvis and a laceration to the head. Fifteen months on, she has largely recovered from her injuries, though still suffers from some residual symptoms.
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