Eurocell Wood Products Limited

Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
17 March 2017
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted

Note: The final decision was reissued on 6 November 2018 to address consequential loss payment omitted from judgment.
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
$270,000

Safety lessons learned:
  1. Ensure machinery is adequately guarded;
  2. Develop, implement and monitor safe systems of work for machinery. 

Defendant name:
Eurocell Wood Products Limited
 
Industry:
Building and construction, Forestry
 
Date of offence:
17 March 2017
 
Facts in brief:
The victim accessed a sound room without authorisation, and reached into a planer to remove an obstruction. He made contact with the cutter head on the planer and suffered a complete amputation of his thumb.
 
Offence section:
Sections 48(1) and 2(c), and 36(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
 
Date charged:

Court:
Nelson - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted

Note: The final decision was reissued on 6 November 2018 to address consequential loss payment omitted from judgment.
 
Fine imposed:
$270,000
 
Maximum fine available:
$1,500,000
 
Reparation:
$15,000 – Payment made through restorative justice process and; $1,573.00 - agreed ACC shortfall figure paid after Court hearing