A sentencing in the Wellington District Court yesterday has underlined the importance of managing fall from height workplace hazards after a construction worker fell from a ladder and sustained serious brain injuries.
Geordie Grieve, trading as Geordie Grieve Builders, was fined $15,000 and ordered to pay $48,592.43 in reparations to the injured employee after being found guilty of one charge under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 for failing to take all practicable steps to keep a worker safe.
On 10 March 2015, the worker employed by Mr Grieve was using a ladder while dismantling a balcony 2.8m from the ground. As the worker attempted to get down from the ladder, the bottom of the ladder slipped forward and the worker fell, hitting his head on the ground.
As a result of the fall, the worker suffered skull fractures and complex head injuries.
A South Canterbury-based quarry and transport operator has been ordered to pay reparations of $100,000 to the family of an employee who was crushed to death while working at its Gordon Valley limestone quarry.
Transport (Waimate) Limited pleaded guilty to two charges under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of Scott Baldwin and failing to ensure that Mr Baldwin held a current certificate of competence as a quarry manager.
The company was also fined $54,000 at the sentencing in Timaru District Court yesterday.
A Gisborne-based logging transport operator has been fined $80,000 and ordered to pay reparations of $100,000 in relation to the death of a contractor who was fatally run over during his first day on the job.
James Walter Beau Thompson pleaded guilty to one charge under the Health and Safety in Employment Act for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of Dallas Wayne Hickey.
On February 13 2014, Mr Hickey was driving a truck and trailer unit, transporting logs from Puketoro Station to Eastland Port. Mr Hickey, while the truck was still moving, exited the cab and became caught under the rear wheel of the truck, suffering severe injuries and died.
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