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Another 'no helmet' case

Another 'no helmet' case
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Rai Valley farm worker Rangi Holmes was not the first person to be prosecuted over a quad bike incident relating to a lack of helmet, as recent prosecution material received from WorkSafe has revealed.

Mr Holmes was convicted last month on two HSE Act charges for consistently failing to wear a helmet while riding a quad bike (and for carrying a passenger).

However Te Kauwhata sharemilker Stephen John Hickey was convicted in November last year after an employee received serious head injuries in a quad bike crash. She was not wearing a helmet, nor had one been provided to her.

Hickey was convicted and fined $30,000 for breaching s6 of the HSE Act for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of an employee, and was convicted and discharged under s25(3) for failing to report a serious harm incident (Hamilton DC, 19 November 2013).

The injured woman was employed as an assistant herd manager and provided her own quad bike. She was riding the bike after milking and rode it under a bungy cord which was set up to contain the cows. She lost control and the bike mounted a bank and overturned. She hit her head and suffered a life-threatening extradural haematoma and skull fracture. She is unable to resume work or drive a vehicle, and has experienced personality changes.

Charges against Hickey's wife, his partner in the sharemilking operation, were withdrawn when he pleaded guilty.

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Rangi Holmes; Stephen John Hickey
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