Comber & Seymour Limited

Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
27 March 2014
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
$30,000

Safety lessons learned:

Ensure that an effective means of fall protection is in place and used by the employees. For example; use of scaffolding, elevating work platforms, safety nets, fall arrest system.

Defendant name:
Comber & Seymour Limited
 
Industry:
Building and construction
 
Date of offence:
27 March 2014
 
Facts in brief:
The Defendant company is a roofing company. The defendant company was contracted to replace half a roof. The company's director was working on this project, which he stepped onto a corrugated PVC roof panel (skylight) and fell 3.5m onto concrete floor. He sustained a broken nose, cut to the forehead, seven broken ribs, a punctured lung, multiple brain bleeds and double vision.

He spent a month in ICU, followed by a further 2 months in hospital rehabilitation.
 
Offence section:
S6 Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
 
Date charged:

Court:
Dargaville - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
$30,000
 
Maximum fine available:
$250,000
 
Reparation:
$50,000