Security guard training 'a farce', Dhaliwal inquest hears

Charanpreet Dhaliwal (File)
Charanpreet Dhaliwal (File)

The owner of the company that employed the security guard who was bashed to death on a west Auckland construction site says training for security guards in New Zealand is a farce.

Cherag Elavia told the Coroner's Court there is no specialist training and that the instruction given is a box ticking exercise for companies against health and safety requirements.

Charanpreet Dhaliwal was killed on the first night of his job in November 2011.

Mr Elavia's company CNE Security was charged with failing to provide a safe workplace, but was cleared in court the following year.

Mr Elavia says welfare checks were not required because the site was deemed low risk.

Mr Dhaliwal had a 0800 number to call if there was a problem, but no panic button.

Mr Dhaliwal was found in a pool of his own blood by a Fulton Hogan worker in the early hours of November 18, 2011.

Hateni Latu was charged with his murder, but was acquitted at a High Court trial in 2013.

CNE security said it would not be normal practice for someone in Mr Dhaliwal's situation to confront a group of men that walked onto a construction site.

He said the first response should always be to observe and report, and stay in the car.

Cherag Elavia no longer works in the security industry.

Security expert Bryce Winstone says there is no compulsory training for security guards in New Zealand.

That means security guards often rely on their employer to teach safe practices.

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