Greystone Holdings Limited

Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
11 July 2016
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
$12,000.00 (plus $130.00 in court costs and $1,000.00 in Solicitor costs)

Safety lessons learned:

1. Clearly direct workers that only one person is to ride the quad bike at a time;

2. Clearly direct workers that children are not to be carried as passengers on quad bikes.

Defendant name:
Greystone Holdings Limited
 
Industry:
Agriculture
 
Date of offence:
11 July 2016
 
Facts in brief:
The Defendant owns and operates a horse agistment and livery business.

On 11 July 2016 a worker of the Defendant was grooming paddocks at the Defendant’s farm, using a one-passenger quad bike with a “tow and collect” attachment.

The worker took the Victim and another child on the back of the bike while he undertook this task. They were told to hold on and given earmuffs. The Victim fell off the back and was run over by the tow and collect.

The Victim suffered a fracture to his left femur, requiring surgery, a burn to his leg, believed to be from the exhaust, scrapes and abrasions to his torso, a swollen ear and bruising and cuts and scrapes to both arms.
 
Offence section:
Sections 48(1) and 2(c) and 36(2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
 
Date charged:

Court:
Wellington - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
$12,000.00 (plus $130.00 in court costs and $1,000.00 in Solicitor costs)
 
Maximum fine available:
$1.5 million
 
Reparation:
$15,000.00