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Court Summary - at a glance
- Identify the training and operating requirements for the Manitou MT1840 Rough Terrain Telescopic Handler
- Assess whether Transfield’s training of Richard Edwards meet the requirements for safe use of the Manitou MT1840 Rough Terrain Telescopic Handler
- Ensure that its employees do not operate the Manitou MT1840 Rough Terrain Telescopic Handler until they have been so trained
- To ensure that its employees did not operate the Manitou MT1840 Rough Terrain Telescopic Handler as an elevated work platform.
On 2 June 2011 reconductoring work was being undertaken on the line from Hayward to Oteranga Bay. Specifically work was being done at the Makara Wind Farm. The terrain is hilly and exposed semi developed pasture and scrub. A team of 2 were allocated after a “toolbox” meeting with the Transfield project manager, set up a Telehandler machine to work.
The Telehandler’s boom was extended, and the two men who were attached by safety harness, fell approximately 20 metres when the Telehandler toppled onto its side.
One worked suffered fatal injuries at the scene and the other suffered serious harm.