Auckland District Court has ordered Ports of Auckland to pay more than $60,000 after a stevedore was seriously injured on the job.
The company had pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety of its employees in relation to the incident, which happened in 2014.
The stevedore was working on a container ship, watching the foreman and another worker de-lash a container.
Using the faster option of walking across a hatch lid rather than using a ladder, he stepped off the edge of the lid and fell nearly 3m to the deck. He was left unconscious, with a fractured elbow.
The hatch lid did not have fitted safety rails.
The court fined the ports company nearly $50,000, and ordered it to pay reparations of $12,000.