Accident costs boat company $45k

Last updated 15:09 11/10/2012

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A Whangaparaoa boating business has been fined $30,000 and ordered to pay $15,000 compensation after one of its workers was seriously injured in a fall.

The Brin Wilson Boats Limited worker fell more than three metres from a dry docked boat in February while reattaching handrails.

The North Shore District Court heard the employee fell after reaching for a handrail that had been removed for cleaning the day before and suffered injuries to his head and face and a broken left wrist.

"The hazards of falls from height are well recognised and documented and there are many publications and guidance on how to avoid falls from height - both general guidance and specific to the boat-building industry," Northern health and safety manager for the the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, John Howard, said.

"Preventing falls from height is a priority for MBIE. No matter what height people are working at, there is risk involved and MBIE expects everyone with staff or contractors to actively manage this significant hazard."

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