Tauranga construction company
Greenway Developments Limited has been fined $25,000 and must
pay $5000 reparation after a contract worker was injured in a
The residential property construction company was sentenced
in the Tauranga District Court today on a charge of failing
to take all practicable steps to ensure that a contractor was
not harmed while doing work he was engaged to do.
The Health and Safety in Employment Act prosecution stemmed
from the contractor falling from the the roof of a garage
being constructed at a property in Fasching Lane, Tauriko on
May 13 last year.
The contractor was assisting others to secure a truss to the
top plate of the garage when it slipped, lost his balance and
fell about three metres to the concrete floor below.
The victim sustained fractures to his left wrist and jaw.
Keith Stewart, Work Safe New Zealand's chief inspector
investigations, said there was no effective means of fall
protection in place at this workplace, meaning the worker and
his colleagues were unnecessarily exposed to the dangerous
It was fortunate that the victim did no suffer more serious
injuries, he said.
- By Sandra Conchie of
the Bay of Plenty Times