Oceanea Gold (New Zealand) Limited
Court Summary - at a glance
Ensure the SOPs in place are implemented and correctly used at all times to prevent dangerous practices such as requiring three men working below a suspended pipe.
The process of lowering the pipes required the use of a ladder which is placed against the wall of the mine/tunnel under the damaged pipe (suspended above). At the time of the accident, once the chain was cut the impact of the falling pipe broke and the pipe fell and glanced off the victim’s helmet, into the ladder and then into the victim’s left leg. As a result the victim suffered a tibial plateau fracture just below his left knee.