Safe Air fined over employee death
Wed, 30 May 2012 3:15p.m.
A subsidiary company of Air New Zealand has been fined $56,000 after an employee died when he was sucked into an engine.
Safe Air - which specialises in aviation maintenance and repair - has also been ordered to pay more than $20,000 reparation following the accident in Blenheim last August.
Two employees were servicing the engine at Woodbourne Airfield when one walked in front of it, past the air intake, without holding onto the handrail, Blenheim District Court was told.
The Department of Labour says a proper safety guard should have been put in place and may have prevented the accident.
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22/06/2012 5:34:50 p.m.
This is so typical of our OSH regulations. An employee chooses to take a risk......in this case failing to use the hand rail provided. So guess who gets fined? Usually it is the workers who are most aware and best able to manage the risks but it the companies who get blamed
30/05/2012 5:45:40 p.m.
How can companies always be held responsible. If there was a handrail there and he didn't hold on to it then is it really the companies fault? Common sense surely must play a part in people making sure they are themselves safe.
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