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Department of Labour v Paraparaumu Beach Golf Inc (DC, 06/08/04)

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Defendant:
Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club
A golf club which hired out its premises for a private social function has been ordered to pay $9000 in reparations to a guest who fell down a bank when attempting to follow an unlit path to the car park. Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club Inc was convicted under s.16(2)(b)(i) of the HSE Act for failing in its obligations as a person in control of a place of work after an elderly woman, who had been attending a dinner at the clubrooms hosted by another organisation, fell 1.3m on a green, fracturing her leg and hip. The whole penalty was awarded to the victim (Porirua DC, August 6). The night of the incident was particularly dark and the outside lighting had not been turned on. The timer to control the lights was inside the club’s pro shop, and other staff did not have keys to access the area after hours. The only lighting in the area was a streetlight behind the car park. Since the accident the club has had the edge of the path fenced, installed new lighting and moved the timer to an area that is accessible to all staff. 
Industry:
Cultural and Recreational Services
Sub-Industry:
Sport and Recreation
Risk:
Fall at same level
Harm:
Injury
Penalty Amount:
$9000.00
Reparation Amount:
$9000.00
Appeared in Safeguard issue 88

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