Auckland Council fined over rubbish truck death

8:53 pm on 21 October 2016

More than $100,000 in fines have been imposed over the death of a rubbish truck worker in Auckland.

Jane Devonshire, who was 19, was killed while working as a runner with a truck in Birkenhead last August.

The truck, which was owned by Auckland Council contractor Onyx, rolled off the road and fell 20m down a bank after its brakes failed.

Jane Devonshire

Jane Devonshire Photo: Twitter

Auckland Council pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to take all reasonable steps to ensure no worker of a contractor was harmed at work, over the incident.

At sentencing today in the North Shore District Court, the council was ordered to pay a $33,000 fine.

Onyx was fined $65,000 and its maintenance company, N P Dobbe, was fined $22,000.

The court ordered $120,000 in reparations to be paid to Ms Devonshire's family, with the council, Onyx and N P Dobbe all to contribute to the amount.

All of the parties will also contribute to $25,236 worth of reparations to be paid to the driver of the vehicle.

Auckland Council chief executive Stephen Town said the council took safety seriously and had made significant changes to its safety processes since the tragedy.

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