Two Dunedin companies have been fined for failing to keep
employees safe after workplace accidents.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
said companies Everitt Enterprises Limited and Harraway and
Sons had been fined $40,000 and $22,500, respectively, in the
Dunedin District Court.
Legal action against Everitt Enterprises was taken after a
worker fell from an extension ladder which was covered with
ink while dismantling Allied Press' printing press in May.
Due to financial circumstances, the company was ordered to
pay only $30,000 of its fine. It was also ordered to pay
reparations of $10,500 to the victim, who suffered fractures
in the incident. The ladder was also not secured, MBIE said.
A January incident, which resulted in a worker losing the
tips of two fingers in a machine, resulted in Harraway and
Sons being charged.
The worker had been unable to reach into the machine while it
was running, because it did not have a correctly installed
guarding system, MBIE said.
The total amount in reparation ordered to be paid to the
worker was $12,500. Harraway and Sons have already paid
$6060, MBIE said.
Keith Stewart, chief inspector investigations for the MBIE
Health and Safety group said employers needed to be "very
"In both cases, taking simple safety steps would have
prevented these unnecessary injuries to workers," Mr Stewart
- Teuila Fuatai of APNZ