Fatal work safety breach admitted

A Christchurch transport firm has admitted a workplace safety breach after an accident in which a 52-year-old man was crushed by a bundle of steel.

Mechanic Anthony Mark Moore was killed in the accident at Peter Fletcher Transport Ltd’s yard at Waterloo Drive, Sockburn, in February last year.

The company appeared before Judge David Ruth in the Christchurch District Court and pleaded guilty to the breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

No summary of facts had been agreed ahead of the appearance, so it was not read out in court nor provided for the media. It will be settled before the sentencing hearing for the company.

Prosecutor Heather McKenzie asked for a long remand for the sentencing date, because a full bench of the High Court was about to hear a case which was expected to set sentencing guidelines for prosecutions under the 2015 Act.

Judge Ruth remanded the case to May 31 for a decision on whether it will be referred to a restorative justice meeting between the company and the Mr Moore’s family.

Sentencing has then been set for September 21.

After the accident,  a friend described Mr Moore as “a hell of a great guy, a very thorough mechanic, and a great family man”.

The company issued a statement that his death was “devastating for all of us”.

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