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Department of Labour v Cowperthwaite Roofing Ltd (DC, 19/02/09)

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Defendant:
Cowperthwaite Roofing Ltd
Cowperthwaite Roofing Ltd was fined $12,000 and ordered to pay reparation of $20,000 after a contractor fell though the skylight of a commercial building. The company was charged under s18 of the HSE Act. The skylights had been identified to the worker as a hazard but other than warning him to stay away no protective measures were taken. He fell about 8m to a concrete floor below sustaining multiple fractures to his skull and spine, bleeding in the brain and bruised lungs. The company had been engaged to replace part of the roof and then engaged a sub-contractor who further engaged the victim to work with him. The victim did not have any fall arrest equipment on him. The DoL said the company should had planned with its contractor to establish how to carry out the work safely by fully assessing the risk, what form of fall protection was to be used, who was to provide it and what to happen in the event of non-compliance. Barriers should have been used to isolate the skylight area ( Auckland DC, February 19). 
Industry:
Construction
Sub-Industry:
General Construction
Risk:
Fall from height
Harm:
Injury
Penalty Amount:
$12000.00
Reparation Amount:
$20000.00
Appeared in Safeguard issue 116

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