BR and SL Porter Limited

Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
20 November 2013
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
$25,000

Safety lessons learned:
  1. AS 2865 (Confined Spaces 2009) represented best industry practice in respect of working in confined spaces. Staff who undertakes such work should be trained in this standard.
  2. A fire extinguisher should be taken into confined spaces and emergency equipment should be on hand for the extraction of personnel from the tank.

Defendant name:
BR and SL Porter Limited
 
Industry:
Postal, transport and warehousing
 
Date of offence:
20 November 2013
 
Facts in brief:
Employee tasked to repair crack on inside of a stainless steel road tanker trailer. Work was in a confined space. After commencing TIG welding, it appears tallow came out of a drilled hole under pressure and ignited. Employee was covered in the burning product, suffering serious burns to his face, head, arms and legs.
 
Offence section:
S6 Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
 
Date charged:

Court:
Tauranga - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
$25,000
 
Maximum fine available:
$250,000
 
Reparation:
$55,000