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Family of killed worker awarded $100k

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/05/2016

The family of a quarry manager who was crushed to death in south Canterbury has been awarded $100,000 in reparations from his employer.

Scott Baldwin was the only employee at the Gordon Valley limestone quarry in March last year when a nearby local heard motors at the site running at high pitch but with no load.

The neighbour investigated the noises and found Mr Baldwin's severely injured body underneath rotating machinery.

Transport (Waimate) Limited pleaded guilty to failing to take all practicable steps to ensure Mr Baldwin's safety, and not ensuring he held a current certificate of competence as a quarry manager.

The company was ordered to pay $100,000 in reparations and was also fined $54,000 in the Timaru District Court.

WorkSafe NZ found the company had a number of failings which included no effective controls for an operator to stop the top motor in an emergency.

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