An employee was installing a flooring system when the steel sheets which the employee was using as a work platform moved, causing the employee to fall 2.9m onto the concrete floor. The employee was knocked unconscious and sustained several fractures.

The District Court convicted the employer under the Health and Safety in Employment Act.

WorkSafe New Zealand found that the employer had failed to identify the hazard of working from height and had not assessed whether the sheets were a safe work platform.

The employee was responsible for installing the sheets and had received no training or supervision.

WorkSafe noted that the employer should have ensured that the flooring system had been fitted correctly and appropriate controls were in place to prevent a fall such as adequate training.

The employer was fined $34,000 and ordered to pay $16,000 in reparation to the employee.