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Department of Labour v Fletcher Wood Panels Ltd (DC, 25/07/96)

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Defendant:
Fletcher Wood Panels
The entire fine of $20,000 has been awarded to the family of a truck driver killed when he was crushed between a front end loader and the rear of a trailer attached to his own truck. His employer, Fletcher Wood Panels Ltd, was convicted and fined $10,000 on each of two charges, one under s7 that it had failed to identify a hazard, the other under s15 relating to its duties to people who are not employees. The accident, in February this year, occurred at 3arn when the deceased delivered a trailerload of wood chips. A company employee was driving a frontend loader to push the chips into the existing pile. During this operation he reversed into the deceased who had got out of his truck and was standing at the rear of the trailer unit. In the Taupo District Court on 25 July, evidence was presented that the frontend loader had been undergoing modifications which had required the removal of two reversing lights and a revolving light. It also had a sign fitted to the rear window to cut down the heat and glare in the cab. At night the light inside reflected back at the operator, meaning the driver could not see the deceased working at the back of the trailer unit. Of the fine, $3000 is to be awarded to the victim's defacto partner, and another $3000 to his former wife. The remaining $14,000 is to be placed in trust for the benefit of the victim's eight-year-old daughter. 
Industry:
Manufacturing
Sub-Industry:
Wood and Paper Product Manufacturing
Risk:
Vehicle - mobile plant (eg forklift, platform)
Harm:
Death
Penalty Amount:
$20000.00
Reparation Amount:
$20000.00
Appeared in Safeguard issue 40

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