Former Ports of Auckland boss charged over worker's death

Source: 1News

Former Ports of Auckland boss Tony Gibson is reportedly facing two charges over the death of a port worker almost a year ago.

Pala’amo (Amo) Kalati was killed on August 30 last year after being crushed when a container was dropped during a lifting operation.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Maritime NZ say charges have been filed in the Auckland District Court:

Ports of Auckland Limited has been charged under sections 47, 48 and 90 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, Maritime NZ said.

Pressure on Tony Gibson to resign has been escalating since the release of a scathing report into two worker deaths.

Section 47 establishes an offence of reckless conduct in respect of a health and safety duty and carries a maximum penalty of fine of up to $3 million dollars. Section 48 is an offence of failing to comply with a duty that exposes an individual to the risk of death or serious injury with a maximum penalty of $1.5 million.

Section 90 prohibits adverse conduct for a prohibited health and safety reason with a penalty of up to $500,000.

An individual, who Stuff named as Former Ports of Auckland boss Tony Gibson on Friday, has also been charged under sections 48 and 49 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

Section 48 is an offence of failing to comply with health and safety duty that exposes an individual to the risk of death or serious injury with a maximum penalty of $150,000 for an individual and $300,000 for an officer of the company.

Section 49 establishes an offence of failing to comply with a health and safety duty with a penalty of up to $50,000 for an individual and $100,000 for an officer.

A court date has not yet been set.