An Auckland company has been ordered to pay nearly $100,000 after failing to take steps to ensure the safety of an employee.
The Auckland Pack and Cool worker lost consciousness after suffering a lack of oxygen when trying to retrieve kiwifruit samples from a coolstore in July last year.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's found he was given inappropriate breathing equipment to carry out the work in the hazardous oxygen-deprived environment.
Spokesman John Howard says the company didn't follow the manufacturer's instructions, which explicitly stated the equipment shouldn't be used in that particular environment.
Auckland Pack and Cool was fined $84,000 and ordered to pay reparation of more than $12,000.