WorkSafe EU Corner

23 Jan 2020

Two Dunedin companies, a building firm and a scaffolding company, will pay more than $200,000 as part of an enforceable undertaking after a contractor fell from scaffolding at a Dunedin building site in 2018.

The contractor was applying primer to balcony decks on three-storey residential apartments and leaned on a railing which gave way. WorkSafe says he fell about 3.5 metres to the ground, hitting his head and losing consciousness. He suffered a cut scalp, skin abrasions, bruising to the right and left humerus bones and right forearm and was off work for four weeks.

The investigation found the certified scaffolder on site had left for personal reasons and scaffolding erection had been left to a spanner hand. No qualified inspection had been done after that work.

The companies will pay a combined $230,000 as part of the enforceable undertaking signed with WorkSafe in October. The terms of the EU saw the companies pay a combined $40,000 to the victim and they also made donations to the LifeMatters Suicide Prevention Trust.

Other provisions of the undertaking include:

  • Upgrading a health and safety management system to ISO45001.
  • Conducting an independent audit of compliance with ISO45001.
  • Developing and implementing e-learning modules.
  • Sponsoring an employee through the National Diploma in Health and Safety.
  • Developing and distributing a guide in collaboration with SARNZ.

More information about EUs is at the WorkSafe site here.