An employer has been fined $52,500 and ordered to pay reparation of $112,000 after one of its employees was killed at work.   The employee was loading a shipping container using a side loading truck and trailer unit when the side loader tipped and crushed him between itself and a shipping container.

The employer failed to prevent this tragic outcome because it did not ensure employees were adequately trained in the operation of the loader, nor did it have adequate signage indicating safe working zones, nor proper standard operating procedures in relation to the loader.  It also did not ensure that the loader drivers held the relevant New Zealand qualification for that equipment.

Alan Knowsley
Health & Safety Lawyer