Carter Logging Limited

Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
24 February 2014
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
$5,000

Safety lessons learned:
  1. The victim could not be seen by the excavator operator, due to a large blind spot behind the excavator.  Because a single ‘deck’ (skid site) was being used for the operation, crew was sometimes required to work in close proximity to heavy machinery.
  2. The hazards arising from the use of a single deck had not been identified or documented. Crew workers could also have been provided with radios to communicate their movements to each other.

Defendant name:
Carter Logging Limited
 
Industry:
Forestry
 
Date of offence:
24 February 2014
 
Facts in brief:
Employee was working at close proximity to an excavator when the excavator's track clipped his left calf and had driven over his right foot and ankle causing traumatic crush injuries. Foot amputated below the knee.
 
Offence section:
S6 Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
 
Date charged:

Court:
Thames - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
$5,000
 
Maximum fine available:
$250,000
 
Reparation:
$30,000