The employers of a man killed while at work have been ordered to pay $140,319.80 of reparations by the Hamilton District Court on Monday.
Terence James Milne, 60, suffered fatal injuries while transferring bitumen emulsion between two tanks using compressed air last year while working for Corboy Earthmovers Limited in Te Awamutu.
"The issue here, and what industry needs to be very aware of, is that the emulsion pig was not constructed to take pressure and nor was there an over-pressure safety device fitted to it," WorkSafe Chief Inspector Keith Stewart said.
"This company had used pumps to transfer the emulsion up until 2007, and that was a far safer process ... it should have used a properly designed and constructed pressure vessel - that would have avoided this tragedy."
Corboy Earthmovers was charged under the Health and Safety in Employment Act, which carries a maximum fine of $250,000.
However, the incident occurred prior to the introduction of this act in April this year.