Apr 9

Fatal pipeline blast – company fined

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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…

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Jan 6

Port worker injured by falling container

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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…

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Oct 15

Boy drowns in cruise liner swimming pool

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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…

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Oct 9

Boy killed by Council mower

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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…

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Jun 12

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

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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…

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Jan 19

Saw puts timber through workers hand

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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…

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Oct 25

Employee killed in ‘preventable’ 15 metre fall

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Delta Utility Services Limited has today been fined $75,000 after one of its employees was killed when he fell 15 metres when a power line pole he was working on near Dunedin in December last year collapsed. The Alexandra District Court heard that the employee – Roger Steel – climbed the ten-metre pole…

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Sep 13

First blast at Pike River killed most miners says Mines Rescue

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The 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…

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Sep 13

Man crushed by falling generator named

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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…

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Aug 18

Company fined after employee loses toes in wharf accident

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Northland 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…

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