7 Oct 2011

TV aerial installer awarded $20,000 after fall

5:02 pm on 7 October 2011

A television satellite installer has been awarded $20,000 compensation after he suffered serious injuries when he fell from a roof.

City Aerials, and Hugh Wilson, whose company Marmic Installations was sub-contracted to install the satellite dishes, were before the Wellington District Court for sentencing on charges laid under the health and safety legislation on Friday.

Wilson's employee Richard Twist suffered multiple injuries, including fractures to his skull, neck and jaw when he fell from a house in the Porirua suburb of Titahi Bay in 2008 while installing a SKY satellite dish.

Mr Twist spent 11 months off work and in a victim impact statement said his injuries had had a significant effect on his family and social life.

City Aerials pleaded guilty to the charges it faced, and Wilson was found guilty following a defended hearing in May this year.

Wilson was fined $5000, while City Aerials was fined $24,750. They will also each pay $10,000 reparation to Mr Twist.