Contractor's 3m fall prompts fine

Last updated 16:45 09/10/2012

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A building company has been fined $22,100 by the Business, Innovation and Employment Ministry after a contractor fell 3 metres from an Auckland construction site and fractured his back.

Keith Hay Homes Limited was investigated after the incident at a Glen Innes building site last year.

The Auckland District Court heard that on June 9, three employees of Metind Limited were working on a single storey Keith Hay house in Glen Innes when the incident happened.

The man was reaching down to secure a safe hold on the ridge of the damp roof when he slipped and fell about three metres to the ground, fracturing his lower back, several ribs and damaging shoulder tendons and ligaments.

The incident could have been prevented if the company had liaised with its contractor to plan a safe approach to working at height at the Glen Innes site, Ministry northern general manager John Howard said following the investigation.

It could have also put in place appropriate roof edge protection, he said.

Howard said preventing falls from height was a priority for the ministry and it expected everyone with staff or contractors working at height to actively manage this significant hazard. 

"Doing nothing is not an option,'' he said.

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