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Department of Labour v Econo Built Construction (DC, 03/05/95)

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Defendant:
Econo Built Construction (Auckland)
A higher level of culpability was hard to imagine in the case of an accident involving Econo Built Construction (Auckland) Limited where the employee of a contractor was severely injured in a fall. This comment was made  by Judge McElrea in the North Shore District Court on 3 May when convicting the firm on two separate charges of failing as a principal to take all practicable steps to ensure the employee of a contractor was not harmed. Charges were brought after a contractor's employee fell through roof framing to sustain significant head, lower back, neck and arm injuries which have effectively prevented any return to construction work. No scaffolding or other form of fall arrest equipment had been provided on the site. Despite OSH instruction that no further work was to take place on the roof in those conditions, an employee of another contractor was identified at risk working on the roof the following day. Judge McElrea noted the financial difficulties faced by the defendent in imposing separate fines of $5000 on each charge. In the absence of such difficulties he noted the fines would have totalled $15,000. The injured contractor was awarded $4000. 
Industry:
Construction
Sub-Industry:
General Construction
Risk:
Fall from height
Harm:
Injury
Penalty Amount:
$10000.00
Reparation Amount:
$4000.00
Appeared in Safeguard issue 32

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