Firms fined after worker burned

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Two electricity companies have been hit with more than $50,000 in fines after a power line accident left a trainee worker with serious burns.
Wellington Electricity and Northpower were handed fines of $26,000 and $30,000 respectively at the Wellington District Court yesterday over the accident in 2014, Work Safe New Zealand said.
It said the two Northpower workers, contracted by Wellington Electricity, were working in Karori when a bracket fell on to live contacts, causing a short and a fire.
“The victim sustained serious burns that required specialist treatment from the burns unit,” Work Safe said.
The companies had failed to give workers proper instructions about risks and had not shut down the power before doing the work, it said.
The businesses were charged under the Electricity Act for allowing dangerous work to proceed.
They had already paid $20,000 to the victim and were ordered to pay another $10,000 between them yesterday, in addition to the fine. NZN

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