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Department of Labour v South Roof Ltd (DC, 03/02/97)

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Defendant:
South Roof
Failure to provide adequate fall protection, and failure to inform OSH of the intention to carry out notifiable work, led to SOUTH ROOF LTD being convicted and fined a total of $9000 after an employee slipped on a roof and fell eight metres, suffering a broken leg, a broken arm and a fractured cheek bone. R21 of the Health and Safety in Employment Regulations 1995 requires adequate fall protection to be provided for people working at heights of more than three metres. R26 requires employers to notify OSH at least 24 hours before the commencement of notifiable work, in this case work at a height of greater than five metres. Fines of $8000 and $1000 were imposed respectively. The judge observed that if OSH had been notified the accident might have been avoided. (Dunedin DC, 3 February) 
Industry:
Construction
Sub-Industry:
General Construction
Risk:
Fall from height
Harm:
Injury
Penalty Amount:
$9000.00
Reparation Amount:
$0.00
Appeared in Safeguard issue 43

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