Friday 16th Nov, 2018

Dock worker dies after accident in Auckland

Photo: Ports of Auckland
Photo: Ports of Auckland

A KIWI dock worker died on Monday, a week after his straddle carrier overturned at Ports of Auckland.

On Monday 27 August, police responded to Ferguson Wharf at about 0350 after “receiving reports a straddle truck had tipped with the driver in it”, a police statement said.

“The man was extracted from the vehicle and transported to Auckland Hospital via ambulance.”

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) released statement passing on its condolences to the family and friends of the worker.

ITF Dockers’ Section chair and national secretary of the MUA Paddy Crumlin said every worker deserves to return home safely at the end of their shift.

“We know that ports are among the most dangerous workplaces in the world but every workplace death is preventable,” he said.

“The death of this young worker again reinforces our determination to hold governments, employers and regulators.”

MUNZ general secretary Joe Fleetwood said the incident indicates the urgent need for enforceable regulations together with mandatory standards of work practices across the New Zealand waterfront.

“If the government, port companies and stevedoring employers are serious about preventing deaths on the waterfront they must commit to reform the current lack of enforceable regulations,” he said.

“We need to put an end to the toxic culture on the New Zealand waterfront where productivity and profit prevails over safety. We again call on the government, together with the Ports of Auckland and other employers, to get moving on it immediately before we witness another preventable death.”

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