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World of Safety: Director Stalled on Reporting of Major Injury

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The director of a carpentry company in Auckland, New Zealand has been fined for failing to promptly notify the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment about a serious injury that left a worker paralyzed.

Lei Chen and Five Star Homes NZ Limited were each fined $5,000 for failing to notify authorities without delay after a worker fell nearly 10 feet (three meters) from a building roof in August 2011 and suffered permanent spinal injuries that have left him paralyzed from his chest down.

Principal contractor AA Quality Building Service Ltd. instructed Chen to immediately notify the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment about the injury, but he waited two months before doing so.

“All employers should take this prosecution as a warning. Reporting serious harm accidents is a requirement, not an option,” says John Howard, a ministry health and safety manager.


 
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