Company fined after worker fatally injured by steel beam

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Company fined after worker fatally injured by steel beam

A structural steelwork company was fined $250,000 yesterday after a heavy steel beam fatally injured a worker.

Pegasus Engineering Limited was sentenced at the Christchurch District Court yesterday following the fatal incident in June 2017 in Rolleston.

In the incident a worker was moving steel beams from work trolleys using a crane. A beam destabilised, causing it to tip and fall toward the worker. The beam struck the worker across their left arm, the side of their torso, their neck and their head, causing fatal injuries.

A WorkSafe investigation found Pegasus Engineering Limited did not carry out an effective risk assessment, and Pegasus did not consider there was a substantial risk of the beams falling over. It did not provide workers with clamps to ensure heavy steel beams were secure while on work trolleys.

Head of Specialist Interventions Simon Humphries said Pegasus Engineering Limited had not developed and implemented a safe system of work.

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