Auckland Docker Dies After Crane Incident


A docker has died after suffering critical injuries when a straddle crane he was operating at the Port of Auckland turned over on August 27 2018.

After the accident he was taken to Auckland City Hospital, but died of his injuries on September 3 2018.

The death comes after calls from the Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ) called for tighter regulations to improve safety standards in New Zealand following three deaths on the country’s waterfront in 2017.

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In a statement from the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), Joe Fleetwood, General Secretary of MUNZ, said: “This tragic death indicates again 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.”

“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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