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Timaru firm fined after worker's fall

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/09/2016

A Timaru construction firm has been hit by penalties totally $50,000 after a worker fell almost three metres from a platform on to a concrete floor and was knocked unconscious.

WorkSafe construction programme manager Marcus Nalter says the case highlights the importance of appropriate management when working at height.

Rickie Shore Building was sentenced in Timaru District Court on Monday after pleading guilty to one charge under the Health and Safety in Employment Act.

It was fined $34,000 and ordered to pay reparations of $16,000.

The case arose after a worker fell 2.9 metres while installing a flooring system on the second storey of a house in Timaru in October 2015.

While the man doing some drilling, the steel sheets he was using as a work platform moved and he fell.

He was knocked unconscious, received fractures, and was continuing to suffer fatigue and headaches.

A WorkSafe investigation found that Rickie Shore Building had failed to complete adequate planning and hazard assessment in relation to the man's work.

Mr Nalter said the company should have ensured that the fitting of the flooring system was being done correctly.

It should also have ensured appropriate controls were in place to prevent a fall from height, such as providing a safe working platform.

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