CMP Canterbury Limited (part of the ANZCO Group) has been fined $39,000 and ordered to pay reparation of $68,250 in addition to $12,000 previously paid by the company after a worker was crushed by the door of a stun box.
The company was sentenced today in the Ashburton District Court under the Health and Safety in Employment Act for failing to keep an employee safe at work.
A WorkSafe investigation discovered failures by the company to identify appropriate safety controls for the door.
Business are being urged to regularly check the safety of their electrical systems after Silver Fern Farms Limited was fined $38,500 and ordered to pay $12,500 (of which $10,000 has already been paid by the company) in reparation after a worker suffered serious burns from an exposed live cable.
The incident occurred in June 2015 at the company’s Fairton plant and Sliver Fern Farms was sentenced in the Ashburton District Court today under the Health and Safety in Employment Act.
WorkSafe New Zealand says employers must learn from health and safety failings occurring under their control.
Last April, a 24 year-old father of one died at a Bay of Plenty quarry after he was thrown from a fully laden dump truck. That "tragic and preventable death" had its sequel in the Tauranga District Court yesterday when the company and its director were fined.
It was revealed in Court that in March this year - 11 months after this death - WorkSafe had to prohibit work at the same quarry after finding similar health and safety failings that led to the worker's death.
An agricultural services operator, who was found guilty during a judge-alone trial, has been ordered to pay reparations of $85,000 to the family of a contractor who was killed on the job.
PJ Wright Limited, formerly known as Te Anau Bulk Haulage (TBHL), was also ordered to pay $65,000 in fines after being found guilty of one charge under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (HSE) for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of Leslie Cain.
The sentencing took place in the Invercargill District Court today.
The widow of a forestry dump truck driver killed at work will receive $97,655.45 in emotional harm reparations from his employer.
The victim was killed when an 800kg log fell from an overloaded articulated dump truck as he was taking off the strops holding the load in place. The incident occurred in the Te Wera forest 40km east of Stratford on 26 March 2015.
His employer, G J Sole Ltd had earlier pleaded guilty to one charge under the Health and Safety in Employment Act of failing to ensure the safety of the victim by failing to ensure he was not exposed to hazards arising from logging cartage work. Today at the New Plymouth District Court G J Sole Ltd was fined $39,375 in addition to the reparations.
Two companies have been ordered to pay reparations of $30,126 to a worker who was left with serious injuries after his arm was cut by a fish de-heading machine.
On-hire labour company AWF Limited (AWF) and Sanford Limited (Sanford) were fined $37,750 and $53,000 respectively and ordered to pay reparations of $15,063 each after pleading guilty to charges under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of the worker.
The sentencing took place at the Invercargill District Court yesterday.
Dunedin electricity distribution network provider Delta Utility Services has been fined $35,000 and ordered to pay reparation of $49,600 after a worker fell six metres after low voltage arcing on lines he was working on.
Delta had earlier pleaded guilty and was sentenced in the Queenstown District Court yesterday on a charge under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (HSE) of failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the employee was not exposed to the hazard of low-voltage electricity while at work.
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