More complaints emerge on conditions at water bottling plant
More complaints have been made about activities at a Christchurch water bottling plant where migrant workers are alleged to be routinely involved in unsafe work practices.
A range of agencies are now involved, looking at issues ranging from trespassing, waste disposal, immigration, and the building’s safety.
The plant was supposed to begin operating on Monday, but it had yet to receive its consent to bottle water.
Local contractors have reported wide-ranging issues at the site, revealed in photos that Stuff obtained.
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Images seen by Stuff, however, appear to show a worker sleeping while ensconced in boxes, with a mattress visible nearby.
He said few of the people on the site, including supervisors, spoke English, a detail corroborated by another contractor.
The water take was of particular concern given the current dry spell and the larger water bottling plant planned for next door, he said.
Residents had also been concerned about health and safety practices.
The plant is one of at least 70 water bottling operations known to be consented in New Zealand.