Company to pay $60k after worker fell

  • 23/11/2015
Company to pay $60k after worker fell

An Auckland company has been ordered to pay $60,000 after a worker fell from a roof and broke his leg and knee.

The man was helping with demolition work on the roof, which had no fall protections in place, in Orakei in December 2013.

He fell, breaking his thigh bone and right knee cap and suffering cuts, bruises and concussion.

Auckland company Truestone Limited was fined $50,000 and ordered to pay $10,000 reparation on Friday after being convicted in the Auckland District Court for health and safety failings.

The man had not been trained for the work and should never have been asked to work at that height without safety measures such as a harness or edge protection in place, Worksafe programme manager for construction Marcus Nalter says.

"Roof work is inherently risky. This worker was told to take a crowbar and help demolish the roof - there was always the risk that he might fall," he said.

"There is no excuse for taking such a 'she'll be right' approach to working at height."