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Fines after death of rubbish worker

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/10/2016

Fines totalling $120,000 have been imposed over the death of a rubbish truck worker in Auckland with reparations of a similar amount on top.

Jane Devonshire, 19, died on Hebe Place in Birkenhead when she was working as a runner on a rubbish truck operated by Onyx Group Ltd for Auckland Council last August.

The truck rolled off the road and plunged 20m down a bank after its brakes failed.

The council, which earlier pleaded guilty to a health and safety charge, was one of three parties fined on Friday in the North Shore District Court.

It was fined $33,000, Onyx $65,000 and its maintenance company, N P Dobbe, $22,000.

The court determined the council should pay 15 per cent of the overall $120,000 in reparation ordered to the family.

"First and foremost, our thoughts today go out to Jane's family and friends," says council chief executive Stephen Town.

"Throughout this ordeal they have shown incredible strength in such tragic circumstances and we hope they can now begin to move forward and start rebuilding their lives," he says.

The council had made significant changes in the wake of the tragedy, he said.

The driver of the vehicle will receive a total payment of $25,236 in reparation.

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