Rolleston company fined

by Mike Isle

A Rolleston structural steelwork company has been fined $250,000 after a heavy steel beam fatally injured a worker at their site in 2017.

Pegasus Engineering Limited was sentenced at the Christchurch District Court.

In the incident, a worker was moving steel beams from work trolleys using a crane. A beam destabilised, causing it to tip and fall toward the worker.

The beam struck the worker across their left arm, the side of their torso, their neck and their head causing fatal injuries.

The worker was 58.

A WorkSafe investigation found Pegasus Engineering Limited did not carry out an effective risk assessment, and Pegasus did not consider there was a substantial risk of the beams falling over.

It did not provide workers with clamps to ensure heavy steel beams were secure while on work trolleys.

Head of Specialist Interventions Simon Humphries said Pegasus Engineering Limited had not developed and implemented a safe system of work.

“A worker has tragically lost their life because this company failed to carry out a risk assessment.

“A proper risk assessment involves identifying and assessing risks, eliminating or minimising risk, then monitoring the implemented control measures and reviewing systems for improvement. It serves as a reminder to ensure proper safety procedures are always in place.”