The Board of Trustees of Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate School

Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
24 March 2016
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
Not applicable.

Safety lessons learned:
  1. Ensure that employees do not undertake tree work for which they do not have the qualifications, expertise or competence to undertake; and
  2. Where an employee does not have the requisite competence to undertake the task of tree work ensure that a competent contractor is engaged to undertake that work.

Defendant name:
The Board of Trustees of Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate School
 
Industry:
Education and training
 
Date of offence:
24 March 2016
 
Facts in brief:
An employee was removing a dead tree at the school grounds. The employee was standing on a ladder removing a branch that was wrapped in vine. The branch came off and hit the ladder knocking the employee to the ground.

The employee suffered a spinal cord injury.
 
Offence section:
Sections 6 and 50(1)(a) of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
 
Date charged:

Court:
Manukau - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
Not applicable.
 
Maximum fine available:
$250,000 (the Defendant is a crown organisation and a fine cannot be imposed)
 
Reparation:
$40,000