Crane fatality under investigation
9 February 2006
The Department of Labour has launched an investigation into the death of an Auckland construction worker today.
The victim was a 35-year old man, who was working on a residential construction site in the suburb of Coatesville. The man was helping dismantle a self-erecting tower crane, and was standing on the boom of the crane when part of the frame fell and struck him on the head. He was killed instantly.
The Department has had two health and safety inspectors on site today, and will continue to interview witnesses and gather evidence tomorrow. The investigation into the fatality would be completed as soon as possible.
Chief advisor, health and safety Mike Cosman said the man had worked for the crane company for about 12 months.
This is the 12th workplace fatality reported to the Department so far this year.
To the journalist: please note that health and safety services formerly
referred to as Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) should now be referred
to as the Department of Labour.