Fatal pipeline blast – company fined

Philomen Gulland - a life lost in an unnecessary tragedy. A piping firm has been fined over a fatal pipeline explosion in Onehunga, Auckland. The June 2011 blast killed one worker and left another a double amputee. Canadian Pacific Ltd was today sentenced to pay $55,250 after being found guilty of failing to take all practicable steps to protect employees and failing to take all practicable steps to protect others. Mother-of-two Philomen Gulland lost her life in the explosion. Gulland was working [...]

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Port worker injured by falling container

A Lyttelton Port Company worker, who wished to remain anonymous, said the injured driver had pulled a stack of seven shipping containers down, with one crushing the cab of his forklift. "You could certainly hear when that container came down. The noise is what got our attention." The driver, aged in his 20s, managed to get out the cab by himself and was coherent when emergency services arrived. He was "lucky to be alive", the worker said. He had been with the [...]

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Boy drowns in cruise liner swimming pool

A 6-year-old boy has drowned in one of the pools on-board the Carnival Cruise Lines ship Carnival Victory while at sea, the company said in a statement. The Carnival Victory was on the last leg of a four-day Caribbean cruise when the boy drowned in the midship pool. He was at the pool area with other family members at the time, the statement said. Police said the drowning appeared to be an accident and an investigation was under way. The boy was [...]

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Boy killed by Council mower

A 4-year-old boy died after he was run over by a council tractor-mower at a Hastings park last night. The "bubbly" boy was believed to have been playing around the tractor at Kirkpatrick Park in Camberley, when he was killed about 5.20pm. "The boy has come into contact with a tractor while it was mowing the fields," Sergeant Ray Kirkby said at the scene: "He has received fatal injuries." Police said they understood the boy had been playing with older [...]

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Meatworks fined $23,000 for accident that severed part of thumb

South Pacific Meats has been fined $23,000 after being found guilty of negligence in a 2010 saw accident in which a man lost part of his thumb. Yesterday was the conclusion of the long-running legal battle between the Awarua meatworks and the New Zealand Meat Workers Union, which brought a private prosecution on behalf of Henry Kingi. The case took more than eight days of the court's time spread during several months at Invercargill District Court, in front of Judge Alistair [...]

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Saw puts timber through workers hand

A construction worker got a painful shock this week when a piece of wood went through his hand. Cheyne Construction and Development owner Lee Cheyne posted a bloody photograph of employee Jimmy Innes' swollen hand on Facebook. The photo shows a piece of timber embedded about 10cm through the side of his right palm with blood dripping around the open wound. "A table saw threw it out at his hand! It's buried 4 inches right through to the other side of his [...]

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First blast at Pike River killed most miners says Mines Rescue

The Pike River Mine EntranceThe NZ Mines Rescue Service believes the initial shockwave of the first Pike River explosion killed most of the 29 men underground immediately. The initial explosion occurred in the mine on November 19 last year. Lawyer for the Mines Rescue Service, Garth Gallaway, made the claim during the inquiry into the disaster this morning. Police Assistant Commissioner Grant Nicholls is giving evidence under cross-examination as inquiry continues into its second week. He was based in [...]

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Man crushed by falling generator named

The accident scene at TransDiesel.Police have released the name of a man crushed by a generator in a workplace accident on Hornby, Christchurch yesterday. Neville Raymond Sutherland, 30, was delivering a large generator when a forklift removing it from his truck toppled over, crushing him to death. Emergency services were called to the premises of TransDiesel Limited at Calgary Place in Hornby just before midday. Mr Sutherland died at the scene. A witness who did not want to be named told APNZ [...]

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Company fined after employee loses toes in wharf accident

Northport Wharf - WhangareiNorthland Stevedoring Services Limited has been fined $37,500 today following an accident at Northport Wharf, which resulted in an employee on his first day at work having three toes amputated. The company has also been ordered to pay $15,000 in reparation after the accident on 15 November 2010. The Whangarei District Court heard that the employee’s right foot became trapped between the wharf buffer and a vessel as he passed a piece of timber to a colleague. “Just as [...]

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Farm worker puts pitchfork through his foot

A Waikato man is recovering after having surgery to be remove a pitchfork from his foot after a farm accident. The 19-year-old stuck the pitchfork about 7cm into his ankle while feeding out at a Te Aroha farm yesterday morning. He was taken to Waikato Hospital with the pitchfork still in his foot and was today in a stable condition. We all feel your pain mate. Hope the medics dished out the morphine quick.

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