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Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
7 June 2016
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
$25,000 payable over 5 years

Safety lessons learned:
  • Ensure brackets are appropriately tested before supplying them;
  • Ensure adequate training and supervision is provided to all workers in the supply and installation of edge protection system;
  • Ensure that correct materials for edge protection systems are supplied and installed

Defendant name:
Luke Martin Roofing Limited
 
Industry:
Building and construction
 
Date of offence:
7 June 2016
 
Facts in brief:
The Defendant is a roofing contractor and was engaged on a labour-only basis by a co-defendant Graham Hill Roofing Limited to install edge protection and carry out roofing work at a large commercial construction site. The victim was carrying out work on a work trial / work experience basis for the Defendant. On the day of the accident five workers were using edge protection installed by the Defendant to cross a roof. The victim slipped against the edge protection and it gave way. He fell over 8 metres to the ground and suffered severe injuries.
 
Related prosecutions:
 
Offence section:
Sections 36(1)(a), 48(1) and (2)(c) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
 
Date charged:

Court:
Christchurch - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
$25,000 payable over 5 years
 
Maximum fine available:
$1,500,000
 
Reparation:
$15,740 for emotional harm and $2,533.92 for consequential loss