Disregard for employee health and safety left a worker a tetraplegic, and resulted in a total of $386,300 in fines and reparation for a horticultural company and its director in the Pukekohe District Court today.
Wai Shing Ltd and its director Franklin Wai Shing were each charged under section 6 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act (1992) for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of its employee while at work. This followed an incident that left an employee paralysed from the neck down and requiring 24-hour care.
The victim lay undiscovered and unable to move for several hours after he was struck on the back of the neck by part of a harvester - used to collect pumpkin and squash - while he unloaded it from a truck in a remote location.
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