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Department of Labour v Ramada Classic Furniture (DC, 31/10/94)

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Defendant:
Ramada Classic Furniture
In what is understood to be only the second case of its type, the Christchurch District Court on 31 October convicted two company directors personally of breaches against the HSE Act.  Fines totalling $8000 were imposed on the directors and their company Ramada Classic Furniture Limited. The case was brought after repeated OSH inspections of the firm’s factory showed improvement notices were not being complied with.  The company indicated it was unwilling to spend any money on the business as it was likely to be closed down.  The directors were convicted under s50(b) and s50(c) of the Act for failing to comply with the notices issued under s39. Hugh Leon Martin was fined a total of $3000 on two separate counts while Roger Hugh Martin, who was only temporarily in charge of the firm, was fined $500. The company was fined $1500 on each of two counts of failing to comply with the improvement notices and $1500 for failing to ensure identification of hazards.  The Court held that the case showed a high degree of culpability and that the prosecution had identified a number of hazards likely to cause serious harm.  DC Judge Mahon said practices adopted by the company were likely to lead to workers contracting respiratory diseases. 
Industry:
Manufacturing
Sub-Industry:
Other Manufacturing
Risk:
Hazardous substance exposure
Harm:
None
Penalty Amount:
$8000.00
Reparation Amount:
$0.00
Appeared in Safeguard issue 29

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