Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Worker crushed by 130kg block of polystyrene


Polystyrene insulation company Expol Ltd was sentenced in Auckland District Court last week following an incident where a worker was crushed by a large high density polystyrene block.

In July 2016 the worker was moving two five metre high, 130 kilogram polystyrene blocks, onto a trolley when the trolley locking clamp prematurely released and one of the blocks fell on top of him. The worker sustained severe crushing injuries including two spinal fractures, fractured ribs and a fractured ankle. His injuries required three surgeries and it was six months before he could return to work.

WorkSafe’s investigation found multiple failings at the company’s Onehunga site. There was no effective risk assessment of the block moulding machine and lifting trolley, there were guarding issues with the block moulding machine, there was no safe system of work for the block moulding process, and they should have provided plant that was safe for workers to use.

WorkSafe’s Head of Specialist Interventions Simon Humphries said that the injury could have been avoided:

“Expecting workers to move large and heavy items without the right equipment or systems in place is not good health and safety management. Working with 130kg loads brings with it the risk of serious harm and those risks need to be managed.”

Following the incident Expol took the trolley out of commission, developed a new procedure for lifting blocks off the conveyer using a forklift, updated their standard operating procedure, upskilled their workers and installed safety barriers.

“Expol were quickly able to take their workplace from one with a number of health and safety failings to one with a safe system of work for their workers. It should not take an incident like this for employers to pick up their game.” Mr Humphries concluded.

Notes:

- A fine of $240,000 was imposed.

- Reparations of $40,000 were ordered.

- Expol Ltd was charged under sections 36(1)(a), 48(1) and (2)(c) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

o Being a PCBU, failed to ensure, so far as was reasonably practicable, the health and safety of workers who worked for the PCBU while at work in the business or undertaking.

- The maximum penalty is a fine not exceeding $1,500,000.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Welfare Stats: Rise In Hardship Numbers Shows Income Inadequacy

The latest Ministry of Social Development quarterly report show that a record number of people have received hardship assistance from work and income, with an additional 40,000 hardship payments made between September and December 2018, compared to the previous quarter of the same year...

Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling on the Government to increase baseline benefits to stop record numbers of people requiring hardship assistance to meet the basic costs of living. More>>

 

DHBs "Prepared": Junior Doctors Strike Tuesday, Wednesday

The needs of acute patients will be met during tomorrow's junior doctor strike, a DHB spokesperson says... Almost 3000 junior doctors are expected to walk off the job, which will affect all DHBs apart from West Coast District Health Board. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On MBIE’s Social Media Scam

Given the ambit of MBIE’s work, almost any form of social activity could qualify as being part of MBIE’s brief, so the privacy threats posed by this training programme are extensive. The current oversight safeguards seem threadbare to non-existent. More>>

ALSO:

JusTrade: New Campaign For A 21th Century Trade Agenda

‘Critique is no longer enough. If anything is to really change, we need to step away from the existing framework and take a first-principles approach to rethinking what will work for the 21st century.’ More>>

Earlier:

Gordon Campbell: Thompson + Clark Are The Tip Of The Iceberg

How can we tell where and how any lines are being drawn? Oversight is not exactly robust. If it were, Thompson + Clark would have been out of contention for state security work ten years ago. More>>

Trainers: Taratahi Institute of Agriculture In Interim Liquidation

Taratahi employ 250 staff and this year has provided education to over 2500 students. Taratahi owns and manages 8 farms throughout the country. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA Report: Complaints About Deputy Commissioner Wallace Haumaha

The Authority has found that DC Haumaha acted improperly by approaching staff and others to provide information to support him to refute the allegations about his 2016 conduct, or solicited other staff to do so on his behalf... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels