NZPA reports that Hollow Men the Talley brothers have been fined $110,000 after eleven workers at their Blenheim plant were subjected to carbon monoxide poisoning from forklift fumes.
The company was found guilty of eleven charges of failing to take all practical steps to ensure employee safety by exposing them to the hazard of carbon monoxide fumes.
This is not the first time the Talley brothers have been up before the authorities for their appalling labour standards. Last year the Talleys lost a landmark sexual discrimination case over their refusal to let a woman work as a fish-filleter because she wasn’t a man. Andrew Talley decribed this ruling as “pathetic” and a “joke” and suggested women were better suited to being pole dancers.
More recently the Talleys have hit the headlines for trying to make the taxpayer foot their $1 million contractual obligation to provide for one of their workers who was shot on the job.