Port co pleads guilty over worker’s death

June 18, 2015 | By More

Court House-Sept-2013-07The Lyttelton Port Company has admitted a charge of failing to ensure the safety of a worker, Brad Fletcher, who was killed last year when a scissor-lift toppled over at the port.

The company appeared in the Christchurch District Court today and pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of an employee while at work.

Judge Jane Farish set the sentencing for August 6 when a two-hour timeslot has been set aside to hear submissions and for the judge’s decision on penalty.

No summary of facts was read at today’s court session. The prosecutor for Worksafe New Zealand, Heather McKenzie, said discussions about the details of the summary were still going on, and it would be handed to the court ahead of the sentencing.

Mr Fletcher was a 40-year-old father-of-three who died on August 28, 2014.

He was operating the Snorkel scissor-lift while working on a Liebherr Straddle Crane when it toppled.



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