Hunter Laminates Nelson Limited

Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
11 October 2013
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
$63,000

Safety lessons learned:

This situation occurred due to the manufacture of oversized beams, which had started approximately 6-8 months prior to accident.

Standard operating procedures for handling the oversized beams should be in place prior to work being carried out around them.

Defendant name:
Hunter Laminates Nelson Limited
 
Industry:
Manufacturing
 
Date of offence:
11 October 2013
 
Facts in brief:
On the day of the accident, the victim and other employees of the Defendant company were attempting to move an over-sized laminated beam using a forklift that was being operated by another employee. During this operation the oversized beam, that was 12m long and weighed approximately a tonne, fell off the forks, crushing the victim’s legs and trapping him between two beams. The victim suffered compound factures to his left leg and was almost completely severed.
 
Offence section:
S6 Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
 
Date charged:

Court:
Nelson - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
$63,000
 
Maximum fine available:
$250,000
 
Reparation:
$35,000 (plus Court costs of $130)