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Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
25 September 2015
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
$0

Safety lessons learned:
  • Undertake a visual check of the emergency exit to ensure that it is adequately blocked; and
  • Block the emergency exit before removing the existing stairway.

Defendant name:
West Auckland Steel Limited
 
Industry:
Building and construction
 
Date of offence:
25 September 2015
 
Facts in brief:
The Defendant company carried out steel fabrication and installation work.

The Defendant was replacing two emergency exit stairways at the Les Mills gym in Victoria Street, Auckland.

The victim, a fitness instructor engaged as a contractor by Les Mills Auckland Limited, fell approximately 2.7m whilst opening a fire escape exit.

The victim sustained a fractured hip and ruptured spleen as a result of this fall.
 
Related prosecutions:
 
Offence section:
Sections 16(1)(a) and 50(1)(a) of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
 
Date charged:

Court:
Auckland - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
$0
 
Maximum fine available:
$250,000
 
Reparation:
$48,000 (to be apportioned equally between West Auckland Steel Limited and Les Mills Auckland Limited).