Che O'Neill

Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
11 April 2013
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
$4,500

Safety lessons learned:
  1. Ensure all alterations of the scaffold are undertaken by a scaffolder holding a current Certificate of Competency.
  2. Ensure that the scaffolder holding a Certificate of Competence is notified of all alterations to the scaffolding by unauthorised persons.

Defendant name:
Che O'Neill
 
Industry:
Building and construction
 
Date of offence:
11 April 2013
 
Facts in brief:
The defendant gave approval for two employees to alter the scaffolding themselves by raising the scaffold deck approximately 500mm.

The next morning an employee fell 3 metres from the unstable scaffolding, which landed on top of him, and required surgery for a fractured leg and other injuries.
 
Offence section:
S19(b) Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
 
Date charged:

Court:
Dunedin - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
$4,500
 
Maximum fine available:
$250,000
 
Reparation:
$7,884.25 (plus Court costs of $130 and cost of prosecution of $500)