19 Feb 2013

Owner considered security site low risk, court told

7:47 pm on 19 February 2013

The owner of an Auckland security company says despite six thefts in nine months at a roading construction site he considered it to be a low-risk workplace.

Charenpeet Dhaliwal, 22, died from head injuries after being attacked at west Auckland site on his first night of work in November 2011.

CNE Security denies a charge laid against it by the Labour Department under the Health and Safety Act of failing to provide a safe workplace for him.

The company's owner told the Waitakere District Court on Tuesday that he knew of three security breaches at the Selwood Road site.

Chris Elniva said there had been an attempted theft of a generator, a door had been forced open, and one of the containers had been broken into.

However, he said despite the breaches and the fact that the site was not fenced, he did not consider it to be hazardous.

Mr Elniva said Mr Dhaliwal's registration and experience as a security guard were checked before he started work that night as a casual employee.

The court was told Mr Elniva met Charenpeet Dhaliwal at site on the night of the attack, explained the job requirements and the site, checked that he had a mobile phone and showed him the panic button.

Mr Elniva said he also instructed staff to carry out welfare checks on Mr Dhaliwal during the overnight shift.