Company fined $500,000 after elderly man’s death

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Company fined $500,000 after elderly man’s death

More than two years after an elderly man died after falling from a mobility scooter on a damaged footpath one of the companies responsible for his health and safety has been fined $500,000.

WorkSafe Chief Investigator Hayden Mander said after the sentencing in the Manukau District Court today that Shannon Thomson Concrete Pumps Limited had obstructed the WorkSafe investigation, and didn’t turn up at Court today.

“This company had already been convicted in May last year for obstructing our investigation into this entirely avoidable death.”

In March 2017 the man was riding his mobility scooter on a footpath near the development of a Papatoetoe housing site and fell from it when he hit a damaged section of footpath. The company provided the concrete pump to the site.

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