Fined for scaffold accident

Last updated 17:49 20/03/2014

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Two supervisors have been ordered to pay more than $22,000 in fines and reparations over a scaffolding accident that left a roofer with multiple fractures.

Daryl Robertson fell three metres in the April 2013 accident in Dunedin after alterations to scaffolding left a trap door in a mobile scaffold deck unsecured, WorkSafe NZ said.

He had three leg fractures and a dislocation, among other injuries.

Two other workers at the site were convicted for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure no one was harmed.

Site manager Che O'Neill gave approval for two construction workers to raise the scaffolding deck by 500 millimetres, despite the fact that neither was certified to do the work.

O'Neill also failed to notify scaffolding company APL Kwikform Pty Limited that alterations had taken place and needed to be checked.

He fined $4500 and ordered to pay $7844.25 in reparations.

Andrew Currier of APL Kwikform conducted a check on the scaffolding the day before Robertson fell, and signed the scaffolding tag indicating it was safe to use.

He noticed the scaffold deck had been raised, but based on his observations from ground level thought it looked safe.

He was fined $4000 and ordered to pay reparations of $6450.75.

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