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Lyttelton Port fined on worker safety

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 5/08/2016

Lyttleton Port Company has been fined $75,000 on a worker safety matter even though no worker was injured.

The prosecution was taken by WorkSafe after the Rail and Maritime Union raised concerns about a cherry picker, a mobile elevated work platform, a day after a fatality occurred on a scissor lift at the port.

Two weeks later, a mechanical fault with the cherry picker was discovered and it was not removed from service.

WorkSafe investigated the complaint and found that while there had been no injury to workers, there were multiple failings in the company's management of the cherry picker that could easily have led to a worker being injured.

LPC was fined $75,000 at the Christchurch District Court on Friday.

WorkSafe's chief inspector Keith Stewart said after the sentencing that companies using any machinery in their work must ensure the machinery is maintained according to manufacturer's instructions and must have an effective system in place to identify faults.

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