Building company fined after fall

Building company fined after fall

The sentencing of a building company whose worker fell almost three metres from a shoddy work platform has been labelled a reminder of the importance of proper training and hazard management.

Timaru company Rickie Shore Building Ltd was fined $34,000 and ordered to pay reparations of $16,000 for failing to complete adequate planning and hazard assessment.

WorkSafe construction programme manager Marcus Nalter says safety measures are crucial for builders.

"We're seeing some improvement over the last four to five years in which we've had an awesome heights campaign, but this incident is a reminder there's still a lot of work to be done."

The accident happened on October 22, 2015. The victim had incorrectly installed a second-storey floor, using a system he was unfamiliar with.

He returned to work part-time three months later, but still suffers fatigue and headaches as a result of his head injury.