Quarry blasted for not improving safety after tragedy

  • 15/06/2016
Quarry blasted for not improving safety after tragedy

A Bay of Plenty quarry - ordered to pay out more than $160,000 over a worker's death - has been blasted for not learning any lessons from the tragedy.

Oropi Quarries and its sole director Catherine Renner were this week fined $63,600 and ordered to pay reparation of $100,000 to the family of Tane Hill-Ormsby.

Mr Hill-Ormsby was killed when his fully laden dump truck rolled in April last year.

WorkSafe New Zealand said there were 14 things the quarry could have done such to make it safer, such as supervising and training Mr Hill-Ormsby or implementing a seatbelt policy.

There were also 32 faults with his truck, including mismatched, over-inflated tyres and a missing door on the cab.

The company's "litany of failures" meant a mother was left without her only son, a bereaved partner and a four-year-old without a father, said WorkSafe chief executive Keith Stewart.

During sentencing in Tauranga District Court it was revealed that in March this year - 11 months after Mr Hill-Ormsby's death - WorkSafe had to prohibit work at the same quarry after finding similar health and safety failings.

"It is almost beyond comprehension that having had a tragic and preventable death under their watch, the quarry operators had not learned the lessons and made sure everyone on that site was safe every hour it was working," Mr said.

The prohibition was later lifted once the issues had been fixed.