Port company charged over scissor lift death


Court House-doorwayLyttelton Port Co has been charged over the death of one of its employees last August when a scissor-lift machine toppled over.

The charge was given a registrar’s remand at the Christchurch District Court after being listed for the departmental prosecutions session today.

The prosecution was brought by Worksafe New Zealand, and remanded for another appearance without plea on May 7.

The charge relates to the death of Brad Fletcher, a 40-year-old father-of-three who was killed in the accident at the port on August 28.

He was operating the scissor-lift when it toppled.

The charge alleges that the Lyttelton Port Co failed to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of its employee, by ensuring that he was not exposed to hazards arising from the use of the Snorkel scissor lift while undertaking work on a Liebherr Straddle Crane.

The port company also faces a second charge, alleging an offence on September 11. It charges that the company failed to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of its employees by ensuring they were not exposed to hazards relating to a Snorkel Boom, also known as a cherry picker.

That charge has also been remanded without plea to the same date.


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