Investigations have determined that the man was working in an unsafe environment and the accident could have been foreseen and thwarted.
The company SAE Investments and its director have plead guilty to breaking the Occupational Health Safety act 2000, and have since been subject to fines exceeding $80 000. SAE Investments have also been ordered to pay the legal costs of the worker.
The incident that injured the employee occurred when a vehicle’s hydraulic breaks released causing the truck to roll down a hill and crush the worker.
The accident has left the worker with a severed nerve, injured liver, fractured ribs, pulmonary contusions and a fractured knee. He also sustained serious cuts and lacerations to the face, arms, abdomen and legs.
The worker is not going to be able to return to work for up to eight months.
Steps are being taken to improve safety.