Wealleans Groundspread Limited

Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
13 June 2013
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
$33,750

Safety lessons learned:
  1. Provision of long reach tools for scraping product may have prevented employees from entering the hopper.
  2. Warning signs prohibiting entry should be affixed to the trucks.

Defendant name:
Wealleans Groundspread Limited
 
Industry:
Agriculture
 
Date of offence:
13 June 2013
 
Facts in brief:
Employee was operator of a groundspreader truck which was fitted with a hopper for distributing fertilizer. Victim entered the hopper and was trapped and killed by chain conveyor.
 
Offence section:
S6 Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
 
Date charged:

Court:
Morrinsville - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
$33,750
 
Maximum fine available:
$250,000
 
Reparation:
$70,000