The District Court has sentenced an employer to pay $332,000 in fines plus $40,000 in reparation after one of its employees was seriously injured while working on a structure in the workplace.  Although the employee was securely harnessed to the structure, the structure itself was not adequately erected and toppled over with the employee still attached.   Serious injuries resulted from the 30 metre fall.

The Court held that the defendant company should have developed and implemented a safe system for the erection of the structure and for ensuring that all workers were adequately trained in its construction.   A failure to do so here had severe physical consequences for the employee and financial for the employer.

Alan Knowsley

Health & Safety Lawyer
Wellington


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