Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
7 May 2016
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
$270,000

Safety lessons learned:

Require workers delivering and loading/unloading MEWP’s to wear a safety harness and to provide training in the use of safety harnesses to workers while loading/unloading

Defendant name:
Supermac Group Resources Limited
 
Industry:
Building and construction
 
Date of offence:
7 May 2016
 
Facts in brief:
A worker was transporting a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) on an 8-wheeler Isuzu flatbed truck. When unloading the MEWP from the truck, one of the wheels slipped from the edge of the truck causing the unit to lift and tip with the victim still in the basket. He was catapulted from the basket striking the ground and was seriously injured.
 
Offence section:
Sections 36(1)(a), 48(1) and (2)(c) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
 
Date charged:

Court:
Tauranga - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
$270,000
 
Maximum fine available:
$1.5 million
 
Reparation:
$100,000 emotional harm
$138,000 consequential loss
$7,080 costs