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
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.
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
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.