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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Briscoes fined after customer trips over box

Briscoe Group has been fined $75,000 plus reparations after a customer tripped over a carton in the aisle of the Manukau Briscoes Homeware store in December last year. Briscoes was ordered to pay fines to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and $4000 in reparations to the customer, in addition to a $5000 contribution already paid. The company said the fine was higher-than-expected, considering precedents for equivalent accidents and circumstances. Briscoes said it would not take any further action until [...]

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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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One in three farms visited by DOL about quad bike safety given warnings

The quad bike culture on farms has always backed rider ability over safety equipment like helmets and roll bars.Almost a third of farms visited by the Department of Labour between April and mid June were warned about using their quad bikes safely. Health and safety inspectors visited 376 farms across the country as part of the Department’s quad bike safety campaign. Of the 376 farms visited in the ten week period, 117 written warnings or improvement notices were issued. On average [...]

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