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Worker Killed By 200 Kilogram Glass Sheet


MEDIA RELEASE
25 NOVEMBER 2010


Worker Killed By 200 Kilogram Glass Sheet

The Department of Labour is reminding employers that they must do all they can to protect their workers after a North Shore employee was killed unloading sheets of glass.

Sharpeye Limited has today been sentenced in the North Shore District court following the incident on 6 April 2010. The company was fined $30,000 and ordered to pay reparation of $60,000.

The court heard that Jinsong Song, 42, who was also one of the Directors of the company, and seven other employees were unloading 11 sheets of glass from a timber cradle inside a container when the accident happened.

As they were removing one of the sheets of glass the rest of the load became unstable and a 200 kilogram sheet fell onto Mr Song, severely cutting his face and neck.

“This was a horrific accident which was entirely avoidable if the proper steps had been in place to manage the heavy loads of glass” says Department of Labour North Shore Service Manager, Zaneta Schumann.

“Unloading individual sheets of glass out of timber cradles inside containers in this way is not a safe way of working.

“Sharpeye Limited should have made sure that the sheets were packed in a way so a machine like a forklift could be used to unload the glass. If this was not possible then a proper hazard analysis would have identified the risk of the glass sheets falling and steps that could have been taken to prevent this from happening.

“Our investigation also revealed that employees needed to be trained in handling sheets of glass.”


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