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Department of Labour v Gray Bros Contractors (DC, 08/03/07)

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Defendant:
Gray Bros Contractors
An incident in which a worker constructing a roof over a farm stockyard received a fatal electric shock when he walked into a power line saw both his employer and the farm management company convicted under the HSE Act. 
The employer, Gray Bros Contractors Ltd, was fined $10,000 under s6 and ordered to pay $25,000 in reparations to the family of the dead man. ATEA Ltd, who managed the farm on behalf of a trust, was fined $10,000 under s18(1)(a) and given a $40,000 reparations order ( Masterton DC, March 8). The smaller reparations order for the employer took account of a $15,000 payment already made to the man’s widow. 
On April 12 2006 the victim, who was operations manager for Gray Bros, walked into the line while working with five other employees. The roof where they were working was 4.5 metres high and passed only 1.7 metres below an overhead 11 kV power line. 
A director of ATEA, who was also the farm manager, had been on the roof the previous day, and had briefly discussed the proximity of the power line with a Gray Bros employee, but no formal steps had been taken to either alert the others or to de-energise the line. 
Industry:
Construction
Sub-Industry:
General Construction
Risk:
Electrocution
Fall from height
Harm:
Death
Penalty Amount:
$35000.00
Reparation Amount:
$25000.00
Appeared in Safeguard issue 104

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