Wellington builder fined after worker's ladder fall tells of 'stressful' prosecution

A Wellington builder ordered to pay more than $60,000 after an apprentice fell from a worn-out ladder has told of how stressful and unfair he found the prosecution.

Geordie Grieve, who was backed in court by an affidavit from Ohariu MP Peter Dunne, said he thought he had done everything right – and warned other small business owners that they might not realise the extent of their liabilities.

"I'd like everyone to know the whole story – that you are, as an employer, quite vulnerable and, if you have employees, insure. It's something I never want to see again."

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