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WorkSafe NZ have taken two Invercargill companies to the court after failing to adequately guard machinery in which both cases resulted in amputations. Niagara Timber were fined $323,437 and $27,160 reparations and Marshall Industries were fined $180,000 and reparations of $53,677.70

https://worksafe.govt.nz/about-us/news-and-media/machine-guarding-no-new-phenomenon/

Trade Depot for a skull fracture and head injuries after 200 kg of plasterboard fell on a worker. Trade Depot attempted to down play the injury severity. Fine $98,000 and $2400 in reparations.

https://worksafe.govt.nz/about-us/news-and-media/playing-down-workplace-incidents-doesnt-pay/

A worker of Easton Agriculture of Palmerston North died when he was trapped in a potato harvester.

There was no guarding and company had no lone worker procedure. The courts could not impose a fine but indicated that it would have been in the vicinity of $330,000

https://worksafe.govt.nz/about-us/news-and-media/machines-a-matter-of-life-and-death/

Stumpmaster Ltd in North Shore District Court was fined $90k and $18,500 reparation when they failed to establish a 2 tree length exclusion zone for a palm tree they were felling and it hit a member of the public causing fractures, lacerations and resulting in 6 days in hospital.

https://worksafe.govt.nz/about-us/news-and-media/use-the-gear-youve-got/

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