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Court Summary - at a glance
- To have ensured that no person was in the pit at the dead end or south end while strands were being placed under tension;
- To have implemented a warning system with a delay set that sounded a warning at the dead end to alert people that the strands were about to be tensioned.
On the day of the incident the victim who was employed by Labourworks New Zealand Ltd (a recruitment company) was directed by the foreman on the mould Super tee to go to the dead end to feed additional cable through one of the strand holds. It appears that there had been a breakdown in communication between the foreman and the victim. One of the cables being pre-stressed let go and as a result the cable extended through the victim’s thigh.
The strand nicked the victim’s femur and he required surgery to remove metal particles from his thigh.