Complete Logging Limited

Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
26 March 2013
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
$60,000

Safety lessons learned:
  1. Provide a means of radio communication between the feller, and another person.
  2. Require employees moving into another person’s work area to contact that person and confirm their location before moving into the area.
  3. Have a daily work plan which is to be communicated to all crew members and ensured any changes to that plan are communicated to the crew members either working in that area or affected by the change.

Defendant name:
Complete Logging Limited
 
Industry:
Forestry
 
Date of offence:
26 March 2013
 
Facts in brief:
The Defendant was engaged by Carter Holt Harvey Pulp & Paper Limited to fell trees at Waione Forest near Lake Rotoiti, Rotorua.

The Defendant was the employer of the victim, who suffered fatal injuries when he was struck on the head by a falling tree.
 
Offence section:
S6 Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
 
Date charged:

Court:
Rotorua - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
$60,000
 
Maximum fine available:
$250,000
 
Reparation:
$75,000 apportioned equally to the three victim families ($25,000 each)