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Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
23 January 2014
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
$16,000

Safety lessons learned:
  • Ensure that the training provided is adequately translated and understood by its employees.
  • Effectively monitor its employees to ensure that the isolation procedure is being adhered to.

Defendant name:
Ecowize New Zealand Limited Partnership
 
Industry:
Manufacturing
 
Date of offence:
23 January 2014
 
Facts in brief:
The defendant company provides hygiene and sanitation services to various companies.

Worker employed by the defendant company was cleaning a conveyor belt at a plant, when the machine started drawing the worker's hand and forearm into the conveyor. The machine was not locked-out. The employee suffered fractured left forearm and muscle and tendon damage to her left wrist.
 
Offence section:
S6 Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
 
Date charged:

Court:
Morrinsville - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
$16,000
 
Maximum fine available:
$250,000
 
Reparation:
$21,180