Fulton Hogan fined $38,400 after employee bridge fall

Contracting giant, Fulton Hogan, has been fined $38,400 after an employee fell about three metres onto a riverbed while repairing a bridge on the West Coast of the South Island. The accident happened on 20 August 2009 while maintenance work was being done on the single-lane steel and wooden Big Wainihinihi Bridge on State Highway 73 between Greymouth and Christchurch. The employee stepped onto what he thought was a steel ‘I’ beam and fell about three metres onto a riverbed...

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Workplace drug test swoop nets 31 coal mine staff

Workplace drug testing at the Stockton Mine on the West Coast has seen 31 Solid Energy staff and contractors test positive for illegal drugs and street-legal synthetic drugs. Solid Energy communications manager Vicki Blyth confirmed that Stockton Alliance carried out drug and alcohol testing at the mine during the week of 22nd June. In all 882 staff and contractors were tested and 20 of them gave positive results for the presence of illegal drugs, including a supervisor. Testing of...

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Pike River explosion had “origins in repealing of regulations”

Robin Hughes, the former chief inspector of coal mines told the Royal Commission into the tragedy today that "The explosion at Pike River mine..had its origins in the repealing of the Coal Mining Act and regulations in 1993." The commission is inquiring into the disaster at the West Coast coal mine in November last year which left 29 miners and contractors dead. Mr Hughes, who has over 40 years of coal mining experience, criticised mine safety changes made by...

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