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WorkSafe New Zealand v CE & R Ltd [2017] NZDC 2547

Published 03 May 2017

Prosecution by WorkSafe — sentencing — Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, s 50 — failure to take all practicable steps to ensure safety of employee while at work — Department of Labour v Hanham & Philp Contractors Ltd (2009) 9 NZELC 93,095; (2008) 6 NZELR 79 (HC). The defendant company was fined and ordered to pay reparation to the victim's family after he was electrocuted to death in a workplace accident. Emotional harm reparation of $95,000 and a end fine of $43,000 were ordered. The fine was reduced from $90,000 due to mitigating features such as previous good safety record, cooperation with the investigation, remorse and guilty plea saw significant reductions. Judgment Date: 8 February 2017.