Employee’s family awarded after work death

  • 23/12/2015

A food company will pay $128,000 in fines and reparations for not ensuring the safety of its employees after one of its workers was killed in a forklift accident.

Daisuke Yokoyama was killed after he got trapped between a cross beam and the console of the forklift he was operating at a Lower Hutt warehouse on March 9 this year.

He died from serious injuries to his torso.

His company, the Tokyo Food Company Limited, was sentenced in the Lower Hutt District Court after pleading guilty to one charge of not taking all practicable steps to ensure the safety of its employee.

WorkSafe found the company had not adequately trained Mr Yokoyama, or several other employees, to use forklifts even though they did so.

It also found the company had no safety management system in place for identifying and assessing hazards, and had no established safety rules or hazard controls in relation to using forklifts and other tasks carried out in a warehouse.

The family of Mr Yokoyama will receive $76,994 in reparations while Tokyo Food Company Limited will also have to pay $52,000 in fines.