A company director and his firm have each been convicted and fined $100,000 after a worker's death in August 2006. It is the first time a company director has been convicted under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 and is the highest penalty imposed on an individual under the Act.
Judge Liz Gaynor said Manumatic Industries and its director, Stanley Guthrie, were "utterly negligent" in failing to have appropriate safety systems in place, and had a "grave dereliction" in their obligations.
"This case should send a strong and clear message to the thousands of directors who have a day-to-day responsibility for safety in their workplaces and the sites they control," said WorkSafe executive director John Merritt.
- Mark Phillips