Asparagus growing, packing and marketing business, Boyds Asparagus Industries Limited, has been fined $26,000 and ordered to pay reparation of $7,000 (in addition to $10,000 already paid) after a worker was poisoned by carbon monoxide. He suffered serious harm – he was unconscious for several hours and spent two days in hospital.
Boyds Asparagus Industries Limited operates a packing shed, cool stores and chillers in Cambridge. It leases chillers and the use of its forklifts to companies like Core Management Limited who use them to move and store apples for sale locally. The victim had worked for Core Management Limited for four years and had 20 years’ experience using forklifts.
A sentencing in the Lower Hutt District Court on Friday 12th February has highlighted the importance of identifying and managing asbestos at a demolition site.
Upper Hutt-based company Hutt Construction 2013 Limited was fined $26,812.50 and ordered to pay $7,500 in reparations for failing to properly identify and manage asbestos at a demolition site. Its sole director and shareholder, Philip Delaney, was convicted and discharged.
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