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Department of Labour v Te Wananga o Aotearoa Te Kuratini o Nga Waka (DC, 28/01/05)

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Defendant:
Te Wananga o Aotearoa Te Kuratini o Nga Waka
Crown tertiary institution TE WANANGA O AOTEAROA TE KURATINI O NGA WAKA was convicted under s6 and ordered to pay $1500 in reparations after a team leader who was supervising construction of a waka at the institution’s Manukau campus suffered multiple injuries when he fell from an access ladder. A scaffolding company had erected free-standing scaffolds around the waka, but the construction team had shifted these as work progressed. Shortly before the accident a rail on the first level had been removed to allow keels to be attached. The injured man slipped as he attempted to descend the ladder, the top of which was partially blocked by a scaffolding pipe, and fell through the gap where the rail had been removed. He suffered fractures to his ribs, a vertebra, both shoulder blades and a cut to the head (Manukau DC, 5 December.) Note: The original penalty handed down on 5 December 2003 included a $7500 fine relating to the section 6 conviction. In court on 28 January 2005, this fine was rescinded because the defendant is a Crown entity and a fine should not have been imposed. The reparation order of $1500 remained unchanged. 
Industry:
Education
Sub-Industry:
Education
Risk:
Fall from height
Harm:
Injury
Penalty Amount:
$1500.00
Reparation Amount:
$1500.00
Appeared in Safeguard issue 85

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