WorkSafe New Zealand v Sproull [2020] NZDC 25821

Published 20 July 2021

Judge-alone trial — WorkSafe inspectors — appointment and identity of inspectors — powers of inspectors — Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, ss 44, 163, 164, 168 & 176. The defendant was the director of three different companies that produced and sold milk. He faced two charges of failing to assist WorkSafe inspectors, an offence under s 176 of the Health and Safety at Work Act. He had refused to allow WorkSafe inspectors to inspect his business premises, and subsequently insisted on seeing the inspectors' written notices of appointment. The inspectors then twice arranged visits to the defendant's premises, but the defendant failed to attend each time. Finally, the defendant failed to attend a meeting with the inspectors to provide a statement. The Court found both charges proved. Judgment Date: 4 December 2020.