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Department of Labour v Parahaki Engineering Ltd (DC, 28/02/03)

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Defendant:
Parahaki Engineering
A construction site principal and a subcontracting company shared responsibility for an incident in which an employee of the subcontractor lost control of an angle grinder while working at height. The subcontractor, Parahaki Engineering Ltd, was fined $7000 under s6 of the HSE Act for failing to provide a suitable work platform for an employee working at height. The injured man was awarded $6500 (Manukau DC, 28 February). At the same hearing, principal N Cole Ltd was fined $7000 under s18(1)(a) for not telling the subcontractor how to do remedial work safely, and failing to monitor subcontractor safety on site. The victim received a further $6500. N Cole Ltd was principal on a Mt Wellington commercial construction site. It contracted Parahaki Engineering to erect structural steel. Parahaki appointed a safety supervisor, but the principal did not give him a site safety plan, nor advise him that it was N Cole’s responsibility to provide plant for work at height. After some steel sub-roof framing was in position, N Cole’s foreman noticed that fascia steel at the end of the rafters was bent and asked Parahaki’s foreman to straighten it. To reach the work area a Parahaki employee placed a piece of 4x2 timber between the wall of the building and the fascia, some 1.15m out, and 6 to 7 metres off the ground. He lay on the timber and used an angle grinder to cut the fascia, working in view of the principal’s site office. When he lost control of the grinder during a cut, the disc broke and the grinder kicked back into his wrist, severing his ulnar nerve and lacerating an artery and tendon. He spent four weeks in hospital and required physiotherapy. 
Industry:
Manufacturing
Sub-Industry:
Metal Product Manufacturing
Risk:
Machinery (trapped, crushed, cuts)
Harm:
Injury
Penalty Amount:
$7000.00
Reparation Amount:
$6500.00
Appeared in Safeguard issue 81

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