WorkSafe New Zealand has accepted an enforceable undertaking from Zespri International Limited, following a fatal quad bike incident on a Tauranga orchard in May 2016.
Following its investigation into the incident, WorkSafe alleged that Zespri had failed under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 to ensure, so far as was reasonably practicable, the health and safety of a worker.
Three other parties have also been charged in connection with this incident.
This is the fourth enforceable undertaking accepted by WorkSafe under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015; a tool that is increasingly being used, in appropriate cases, as a positive alternative to prosecution. This case is one of the first multi-party prosecutions undertaken by WorkSafe.
WorkSafe says businesses must learn from their health and safety mistakes and ensure changes are effective and address the risks in the workplace.
The warning comes after The Tasman Tanning Company was sentenced today in the Wanganui District Court just five years after they were fined for similar health and safety breaches.
The sentencing follows an incident in April 2016 where a forklift driver was exposed to hydrogen sulphide gas, a well-known hazard in the tanning industry. The worker was shifting containers when he was overcome by the gas. The worker lost consciousness twice, resulting in a concussion, facial gashes and a nose injury.
It is critical that businesses consider the very obvious risks alongside all other risks in their workplaces, says WorkSafe.
Mr Burrows permitted two children to ride on the outside of a water tanker truck while wetting down a horse racing track. Despite seeing the children jumping off and onto the truck he failed to stop them from undertaking the activity.
On his second circuit he felt the truck drive over a bump, and looked back to see that one of the children had been run over by the rear wheels of the truck.
Canterbury business, Rangiora Carpets Limited has been sentenced to pay a total of $178,228 following an incident on 2nd June 2016.
An employee was pushing a box of files atop a mezzanine floor that was not consented, nor compliant with the building code. The worker lost her balance, and since no balustrade was in place, there was nothing to stop her going over the edge. She fell through a suspended false ceiling and landed on the floor, 2.5m below.
The victim suffered serious injuries, including a broken right arm, collarbone, and shoulder, a fractured pelvis and a laceration to the head. Fifteen months on, she has largely recovered from her injuries, though still suffers from some residual symptoms.
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