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Steelcon Construction Ltd and Rodney Bishop

The company was fined $56,000 with reparation of $121,320, and its director was sentenced to four months home detention, after an employee died in a trench collapse on a farm near Matamata in May 2014. About five cubic metres of soil weighing eight tonnes buried him. The 4m-deep trench had been cut with vertical sides instead of being battered, and had not been shored up. No geotech assessment of the site had been carried out to check soil stability. Bishop was charged with a breach of s6 and s56 of the HSE Act taken under s49, the rarely used 'knowledge' provision.

Ricky John Hartnett

Faces four charges under the Maritime Transport Act and three charges under the HSE Act as owner-operator of kayak hire company Aquanorts, after two members of a 11-strong kayaking party died on Lake Tekapo. The charges have been laid by Maritime New Zealand. Two of the HSE Act charges allege failure to notify Maritime NZ of serious harm.

Enviro Waste Services Ltd

Fined $66,000 with reparation of $85,000 after the employee of a contractor was fatally crushed between the bin lifter and the centre pod of a glass collection truck in Wellington. The company had been involved in the design of the bin lifting mechanism on this and other trucks in its fleet. The semi-automatic function exposed the operator and passers-by to a crushing hazard. Employees had reported issues with the bins stalling in mid-air but no action had been taken. Also, the victim had not been trained in line with the company's policy.



People Mentioned:
Rodney Bishop; Ricky John Hartnett
Organisations Mentioned:
Steelcon Construction; Enviro Waste Services
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