An employer has been fined by the District Court after one of its employees fell 3½ metres while working on a construction site.  The employee suffered a serious brain injury in addition to other injuries.

The employer had failed to adequately assess the risks posed to its employees and it therefore failed to block off an area where the employee could fall into an open void.  It also failed to properly communicate with the workers as to identifying and managing the risks on the work site.

The District Court fined the company $100,000 and ordered it to pay $30,000 for emotional harm and $12,800 for consequential losses to the employee.

Assessing the risks in a workplace is vital and then eliminating or minimising those risks as far as possible is necessary to try to ensure no one is injured.

Alan Knowsley

Health & Safety Lawyer