Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
On or about 20 July 2017
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
$210,000.00

Safety lessons learned:
  1. Engage a competent person to undertake a systematic risk assessment of the finishing/cleaning machine and recommend appropriate controls in accordance with AS/NZS 4024 Safety of Machinery Standards;
  2. Develop and implement a system to ensure that risks identified are addressed appropriately;
  3. Provide appropriate controls on the finishing/cleaning machine, such as increasing the distance between the nip-points on the rollers, in accordance with New Zealand standards.

Defendant name:
NZCC Limited
 
Industry:
Manufacturing
 
Date of offence:
On or about 20 July 2017
 
Facts in brief:
The Defendant processes and supplies sausage casings internationally. The victim worked as a machine operator. The victim was operating a sausage casing machine when her hand became trapped in the in-running nip-point between two rollers. Her hand was trapped for approximately 20 minutes before the roller was cut from the machine to free her. She suffered a broken wrist and de-gloving of the back of her hand.
 
Offence section:
Sections 48(1), 48(2) and 36(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
 
Date charged:

Court:
Hastings - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
$210,000.00
 
Maximum fine available:
$1.5 million
 
Reparation:
$15,000.00 for emotional harm
$3,721.30 for consequential loss