What Happens in Other Countries When Companies Put Profit Over Safety

Christchurch workplace accidentIn New Zealand this week, a concrete company in Christchurch was ordered to pay approximately US$110,000 in the death of a 47 year old worker killed by the operator of a forklift machine which had inoperable headlights, front indicators, brake lights, front hazard lights, horn, screen washers, front wipers, overload buzzer, and four different brands of tires which were all below pressure specs, and with a missing right wing mirror according to Worksafe New Zealand.  The work was being performed at5:30am when lighting was inadequate.  The driver of the machine had no formal qualifications.

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