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Department of Labour v Datt (DC, 01/04/09)

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Defendant:
David Datt
A Mangere printing business manager was fined $25,000 for repeatedly not cooperating with a Department of Labour inspector who had identified a string of workplace health and safety problems. 
David Datt pleaded guilty to an obstruction charge laid under section 30 of the HSE Act, and was fined $25,000 ( Manukau DC, April 1). Datt, a sales consultant and account manager for Future Print and Design Ltd, had obstructed a health and safety inspector numerous times between April and July last year. 
The inspector had first visited the company in October 2005 and identified several concerns. The business was in the process of expanding and the inspector provided advice to Datt about establishing compliant health and safety systems and practices. 
When the inspector returned in early 2007 he found that few improvements had been made. He again identified a range of unsafe practices and equipment, and sent a letter to the company enclosing 15 different improvement notices. 
In April 2008 he returned to inspect the premises and observed unsafe practices. For instance an employee was working with a container of film developing liquid without protective clothing or eye-wear. There were a number of damaged, untagged or unsecured electrical leads and some exposed internal wiring. 
A 2.2m steel racking unit was unstable and not attached to the wall, and the upstairs staff meal area was also being used as a photo studio working area. There was no noise control monitoring, no accident registers or methods to identify workplace hazards. 
Datt repeatedly said he would engage in the investigation but didn’t, and failed to respond to requests for meetings. He finally cooperated only after the obstruction charge was laid. 
Industry:
Manufacturing
Sub-Industry:
Other Manufacturing
Risk:
Other
Harm:
None
Penalty Amount:
$25000.00
Reparation Amount:
$0.00
Appeared in Safeguard issue 119

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