Company fined after workplace incident leaves worker permanently paralysed
A North Island company has been fined $304,750 after a workplace incident on a mobile elevating work platform left a worker permanently paralysed from the neck down.
In a reserved decision released by the Tauranga District Court yesterday, Supermac Group Resources Limited was also ordered to pay reparation of $238,000 following the incident in May 2016.
In the incident, a worker was unloading a boom lift from a transporter at a construction site in Kerikeri when the boom lift slipped off the transporter. The worker was catapulted from the boom lift and was left paralysed and will never walk again.
The worker was not trained to use the boom lift and was not wearing a restraining harness as he was working – these are requirements clearly stated in the Best Practice Guidelines for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms.
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