A West Auckland international luxury yacht building company has been ordered to pay more than $50,000 after a worker was seriously injured when he fell almost four metres onto concrete.
Alloy Yachts International, of Henderson, was fined $39,000 and ordered to pay $14,000 in reparation to the seriously injured worker.
The company builds super yachts, luxury vessels and pleasure craft.
The Waitakere District Court heard the man was working on installing a handrail at the top of a flight of stairs on a yacht when he lost his footing, and fell. His momentum carried him across a deck, and he fell 3.7 metres onto a concrete floor below.
He suffered multiple hip, spine and rib fractures and a broken neck, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Northern health and safety manager John Howard said.
The Ministry's investigation found Alloy Yachts had removed a lifeline which could have prevented the fall. Scaffolding around the stern section of the hull also failed to meet the required standards to prevent falls.
"The employer failed to take appropriate steps to protect the safety of its workers. This is simply not good enough," Howard said.
"This company is a leader in its field and has an international reputation. It needs to bring its health and safety management to the same standard."
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