$40K awarded to teen over workplace injury

  • 11/12/2015

A teenager has been paid $40,000 in reparations after an excavator bucket fell on him, breaking his leg, while he was doing casual work for a construction company in Christchurch.

The 16-year-old man was working in a trench at a Kaiapoi development in January this year when the bucket detached while another employee operated the excavator.

He has had surgery on his left leg to repair the compound fracture he suffered while his right leg was also bruised, cut and received nerve damage.

His treatment is continuing.

WorkSafe found the manual safety pin had not been inserted and was loose on the excavator cab floor.

Benchmark Construction pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety or an employee while at work and were fined $43,000 and were ordered to pay $40,000 to the teenager in reparations.