In the past two years, 10 people working in the transport, postal and warehousing sector have died while at work. Three of these deaths occurred in June 2017 and one had its sequel in the Hamilton District Court on Monday.
Transport company Altranz (2008) Ltd was sentenced after an incident that left an 18 year old worker fatally injured.
In June 2017, the worker was assisting in the unloading of shipping containers from a truck when he was crushed by the swinglift, a machine designed for lifting containers on and off the truck.
Mistakes must be learnt from says WorkSafe after a freight company was sentenced in the Auckland District Court last week.
PBT Transport Limited was fined $250,000 following an incident in September 2016 where a worker sustained back injuries, after the freight cage he was working in fell three metres from forklift tines. Two similar incidents had occurred at other PBT Transport sites and WorkSafe says PBT Transport should have used these incidents to significantly improve their processes.
WorkSafe’s investigation into the incident found that the freight cage did not comply with industry standards and had not been attached to the forklift correctly. It also found that while PBT Transport had safety systems documented, they were not being implemented in the day to day running of the business and workers were not being appropriately communicated with.
WorkSafe New Zealand has accepted an enforceable undertaking from Trojan Holdings Limited, following an incident at the Cromwell Transfer Station in June 2017 where a worker fell into the waste hopper and sustained serious injuries.
The worker, employed by Trojan Holdings, was assisting a truck driver to empty a skip bin. The worker was about to open the skip bin doors at the back of the truck when the truck began reversing and the worker fell more than three metres into the hopper below him.
The incident left the worker with a traumatic brain injury and a leg fracture.
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