An Auckland man facing months of rehabilitation after
crashing through a glass bus shelter he was working on should
never have received company approval for the task, his family
Craig Marshall, 64, of Ranui, shattered his pelvis and broke
his leg when he fell through the glass roof of a bus shelter
on Monday morning.
His daughter, Anyta Burton, told APNZ the Civic Contractors
employee and one other colleague were to clean several bus
shelters around Auckland city that morning.
The men, who used a truck while working, had a water blaster
and a ladder.
Her father had climbed onto the roof of the shelter "to clear
all the mould and leaves" when it gave way, sending him
falling to the ground.
Mr Marshall was taken to hospital with a broken leg and
He has had surgery on his leg and is to have an operation on
his next week, she said.
"Their shift supervisor, apparently, had been told by higher
management no one was to get on top of the bus shelter and
that they should have been doing it from a cherry-picker."
The supervisor allegedly failed to pass this information on
and "was apparently quite happy for him to do it that way",
Ms Burton said.
Her father and his colleague had not been trained to use the
"Giving him the job of cleaning the bus shelters was totally
inappropriate with a ladder."
Her father was a hard worker who did the job because "jobs
are hard to come by".
Civic Contractors general manager John Carroll said an
investigation into what happened had begun.
"We are investigating all the aspects of the incident,
including the actions of the employee and so on," he said.
The company had notified the Ministry of Business, Innovation
and Employment (MBIE), which would also conduct its own
investigation, he said.
The MBIE's Health and Safety Group confirmed it had been
informed and an investigation had been launched.
It said while there were no set health and safety guidelines
for cleaning bus shelters, hazards for any work "must be
identified and plans to eliminate, isolate or minimise them
must be developed" and responsibility lay with the employer.
- By Teuila Fuatai and Patrice Dougan of APNZ