10 Nov 2015

Lift company to pay fines for contractor's death

8:50 pm on 10 November 2015

A lift company has been ordered to pay fines and reparations of more than $140,000 for the death of a Dunedin contractor at Speight's Brewery.

Speights' brewery in Dunedin.

Speight's brewery in Dunedin Photo: RNZ / IAN TELFER

Ralph Ashenhurst, 48, was fatally injured last year when an old lift he was in the process of removing fell 16 metres to the bottom of the brewery.

The Dunedin District Court has heard the main cable broke and the safety mechanism failed to stop the lift falling.

Lift company Kone pleaded guilty to failing to take all practicable steps to keep Mr Ashenhurst safe.

It should have made sure the contractors had checked the safety equipment, it said.

The payment includes a fine of $50,000 and reparations to Mr Ashenhurst's family of more than$91,800.

The company is also setting up a trust fund of $20,000 for Mr Ashenhurst's youngest son, Aidan.