Meatworks fined $23,000 for accident that severed part of thumb

South Pacific Meats has been fined $23,000 after being found guilty of negligence in a 2010 saw accident in which a man lost part of his thumb. Yesterday was the conclusion of the long-running legal battle between the Awarua meatworks and the New Zealand Meat Workers Union, which brought a private prosecution on behalf of Henry Kingi. The case took more than eight days of the court's time spread during several months at Invercargill District Court, in front of Judge Alistair [...]

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Company fined after employee loses toes in wharf accident

Northport Wharf - WhangareiNorthland Stevedoring Services Limited has been fined $37,500 today following an accident at Northport Wharf, which resulted in an employee on his first day at work having three toes amputated. The company has also been ordered to pay $15,000 in reparation after the accident on 15 November 2010. The Whangarei District Court heard that the employee’s right foot became trapped between the wharf buffer and a vessel as he passed a piece of timber to a colleague. “Just as [...]

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