Jenkins Earthworks Limited

Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
26 November 2013
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
$16,875

Safety lessons learned:
  1. Remove or tape all windows prior to demolition if the adjacent property is close to the property to be demolished;
  2. Adequately brace walls to ensure that during the course of the demolition the walls fall inward towards the centre of the structure;
  3. Ensure that adequate hoardings were in place to ensure that the residence and the residents living there are protected from falling objects;
  4. Place plywood over the windows at the commencement of the project, to protect the property from any debris; and
  5. Liaise with the neighbouring occupants as to the appropriate times to conduct demolition work, exclusion zones, safe access routes and when to avoid certain areas of their property in order to avoid being struck by objects

Defendant name:
Jenkins Earthworks Limited
 
Industry:
Building and construction
 
Date of offence:
26 November 2013
 
Facts in brief:
House being demolished by the defendant company fell onto the house next door and caused debris to fall into the neighbouring home's yard.
 
Offence section:
S16(1)(a) Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
 
Date charged:

Court:
Christchurch - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
$16,875
 
Maximum fine available:
$250,000
 
Reparation:
$5,700