Houtimata Farms Limited

Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
15 August 2014
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
$40,000

Safety lessons learned:
  1. Ensure a written policy and procedure for the extraction of effluent is in place;
  2. Ensure a means to stabilise a pontoon is in place;
  3. Ensure a hazardous container is securely covered; and
  4. Ensure a secure and adequate fence is in place around a hazardous container.

Defendant name:
Houtimata Farms Limited
 
Industry:
Agriculture
 
Date of offence:
15 August 2014
 
Facts in brief:
The Defendant company is a pig meat production business that operates a farm. The farm has an in-ground effluent sump.

The victim was employed as a truck driver and farm worker. On the day of the incident, he drove a tanker to the sump to pump the effluent into the tanker.

The victim was found deceased in the effluent underneath the pontoon. The coronial autopsy determined that the cause of death was drowning.
 
Offence section:
Sections 6 and 50(1)(a) of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
 
Date charged:

Court:
Oamaru - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
$40,000
 
Maximum fine available:
$250,000
 
Reparation:
$75,000