22 Jul 2015

Dredging NZ fined over worker's death

1:54 pm on 22 July 2015

A court has ordered a dredging company to pay more than $120,000 in fines and reparation over the death of a worker on a barge in Auckland.

Dredging New Zealand has admitted breaching Health and Safety laws after barge operator Peter Bateman was caught between a turning excavator and the wall of a hopper, at West Park Marina in 2013.

The barge skipper, Brent Darrach, has been fined $10,000 and told to pay reparation of $18,000.

Maritime New Zealand said this was a tragic event that could have been avoided if appropriate safety systems were in place.