16 Jul 2013

Scaffolding company fined over fall

4:25 pm on 16 July 2013

An Auckland scaffolding company has been fined $27,000 for putting up unsafe scaffolding that resulted in injury.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment said Titirangi Scaffolding pleaded guilty in the Waitakere District Court last week to a charge of failing to erect safe scaffolding.

The ministry said a homeowner fell about 5 metres to the ground after a scaffold plank, which the company had not properly secured, gave way in September 2012.

The woman suffered a broken shoulder and bruising to her face, neck, back and abdomen, and spent two days in hospital.

The company was fined $20,000 and must pay $7000 reparation to the woman.