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Auckland company fined after rubbish truck death

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An Auckland rubbish truck company has been fined $110,000 after its brakes failed, crushing a worker.

Jane Devonshire, 19, was standing on the back of the Truck Leasing limited (TLL) truck in August 2015, when she was crushed as it slid backwards down a Birkenhead bank.

Ms Devonshire, who was standing on the left hand side of the truck, was thrown from the vehicle before it landed on top of her.

The truck careened 120 metres down the road before falling over the edge. The truck's driver, who survived the crash, had to be cut from the vehicle.

Judge Rowan Ayee said the trucks were obviously unsuitable, worn out and in need of replacement - and TLL knew this.

Judge Ayee said the trucks have a long pattern of safety related defects, and the company were being reactive rather than proactive to repairs.

TLL must also pay $36,000 to the Devonshire family and $11,000 to the truck driver.

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