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Department of Labour v New Zealand Steel Ltd (DC, 14/02/11)

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Defendant:
New Zealand Steel Ltd
New Zealand Steel Limited was fined $43,000 under s6, s 26 (1) and s 25(3)(a) of the HSE Act and ordered to pay reparations of $25,000 to two employees who were burnt in an explosion. The company was charged with failing to take steps to ensure the men were not exposed to harm while clearing a build up of material in a kiln, interfering with the scene of the accident, and failing to notify the DoL as soon as possible. A flare out had occurred while the men where trying to clear a blockage, with a resulting expulsion of hot material, dust and steam. The explosion caused the workers’ safety helmets and visors to blow off and resulted in second and third degree burns requiring days of hospital treatment ( Pukekohe DC, February 14). 
Industry:
Manufacturing
Sub-Industry:
Metal Product Manufacturing
Risk:
Burns/explosion
Harm:
Injury
Penalty Amount:
$68000.00
Reparation Amount:
$25000.00
Appeared in Safeguard issue 131

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