Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Business fined after worker crushed unloading container

6 December 2012

Business fined after worker crushed unloading container

A Mangere freight business has been ordered to pay a fine of $50,000 and reparation of $5,000 - in addition to $10,000 that had already been paid - after an 18 year old contractor was crushed unloading a shipping container.

The District Court at Manukau heard yesterday that on September, 8 last year at the Brigade Road, Mangere premises of CT Logistics Ltd, workers were unloading crates containing glass sheets.

As a large crate was removed from the container on a fork-lift it became unstable. The contractor tried to stop it from falling off but was unsuccessful. As the contents shifted in the container it fell off the fork-lift and landed on him causing a fractured skull, lacerations, a broken arm and bruising to most of his body.

CT Logistics Ltd pleaded guilty to two charges under the Health and Safety in Employment Act; one in relation to the injured contractor and another contractor, and one in relation to its own employee. All were exposed to the risk of harm while unloading the container.

John Howard, Northern Division General Manager, Health and Safety said: “This type of industry can be fast-moving and high-pressured as containers and vehicles are loaded and unloaded to tight deadlines and in confined spaces.

“However there is no excuse for not carrying out work this work in a safe environment. The company should have ensured a risk assessment had been carried out; used the safest and most appropriate method for removing this type of cargo; kept the area clear of non-essential personnel and ensured those carrying out the work were are adequately trained and supervised.


“None of these things happened resulting in a severe injury to a worker that could easily have been avoided.”

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Strike: Lyttelton Port Workers Vote To Escalate Dispute

Members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) at Lyttelton Port today voted to escalate their industrial action. Around 200 RMTU members have been operating an overtime ban since 17 December and today they endorsed a series of full withdrawals of labour at the port. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Dollar Falls To 3-Year Low As Investors Favour Greenback

The New Zealand dollar fell to its lowest in more than three years as investors sold euro and bought US dollars, weakening other currencies against the greenback. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Govt Operating Deficit Smaller Than Expected

The New Zealand’s government’s operating deficit was smaller than expected in the first five months of the financial year as a clampdown on expenditure managed to offset a shortfall in the tax-take from last month’s forecast. More>>

ALSO:

0.8 Percent Annually:
NZ Inflation Falls Below RBNZ's Target

New Zealand's annual pace of inflation slowed to below the Reserve Bank's target band in the final three months of the year, giving governor Graeme Wheeler more room to keep the benchmark interest rate lower for longer.More>>

ALSO:

NASA, NOAA: Find 2014 Warmest Year In Modern Record

Since 1880, Earth’s average surface temperature has warmed by about 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degrees Celsius), a trend that is largely driven by the increase in carbon dioxide and other human emissions into the planet’s atmosphere. The majority of that warming has occurred in the past three decades. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: New Zealand’s Reserve Bank Named Central Bank Of The Year

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s efforts to stifle house price inflation by using new policy tools has seen the institution named Central Bank of the year by Central Banking Publications, a publisher specialising in global central banking practice. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news