Holden Farms Limited

Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
12 March 2013
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
$28,125

Safety lessons learned:
  1. Establish ‘no-go zones’ for quad bikes and clearly communicate those areas to its employees.
  2. Ensure that any accessories or modifications to the quad bike such as sprayers are identified as hazards and properly communicated to its employees.
  3. Ensure that all employees are trained in the use of the quad bike assigned to them or are closely supervised until they are fully assessed as competent, including in respect of any accessories or modifications to the quad bike; and
  4. Ensure that the sprayer tanks are removed from the quad bikes when they are not in use; and
  5. Have in place a drug and alcohol policy.

Defendant name:
Holden Farms Limited
 
Industry:
Agriculture
 
Date of offence:
12 March 2013
 
Facts in brief:
The Defendant company runs a share-milking operation on a farm in Mangakino.

The Defendant employed the victim as a farm hand. The victim was working on the farm when he fell off a quad bike while mustering cattle and was crushed by the quad bike. The accident resulted in fatal injuries.
 
Offence section:
S6 Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
 
Date charged:

Court:
Tokoroa - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
$28,125
 
Maximum fine available:
$250,000
 
Reparation:
$75,000