Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Sealord fined over $60,000 after man injured on vessel

DATE: 8 November 2012 TIME: 10:00am


Sealord fined over $60,000 after man injured on fishing vessel


Nelson-based fishing company Sealord have been fined $63,400 and ordered to pay reparations of $12,500 in the Nelson District Court today after a fisherman working on board one of their vessels fell through a hatch, rupturing his spleen.

In September, Sealord pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to ensure the safety of an employee, under Section Six of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992.

On 2 October 2011, factory hand James Billingham was helping prepare the vessel Ocean Dawn for departure from Nelson. While attempting to remove the bungs under the hatch cover, he overbalanced and fell approximately five metres into the ship’s hold.

He was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with fractured ribs and a sprained thumb. Later that day he was suffering severe abdominal pain and returned to hospital where he underwent an emergency splenectomy (removal of the spleen).

Judge Tony Zohrab told the court Sealord had failed to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of employees on board.

Maritime New Zealand director Keith Manch said the sentence sends a clear message to operators that health and safety is to be taken seriously.

“Had a proper hatch guarding been in place, it’s clear Mr Billingham wouldn’t have fallen in this case. Just identifying the hazard, and minimising it by informing employees – as Sealord had – isn’t enough. The legislation clearly states steps must first be taken to eliminate or isolate the hazard, before minimisation can be considered.”

“Maritime New Zealand is committed to improving the safety of the fishing industry by whatever means necessary. Prosecution is generally used as a last resort, but in situations like this, it is the most appropriate course of action, and I welcome the sentence.”

The maximum penalty for this offence under the Act is a fine of $250,000.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Last Rites For The TPP

The Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal is one of those litmus issues that has always had more to do with one’s place on the political spectrum than with any imminent reality.

To date, the Greens have opposed (a) a wide range of the leaked content of the TPP (b) the secretive way it has been negotiated and (c) the undemocratic way in which any final document would be ratified. Labour has shared some of those concerns, but while remaining generally supportive of the deal itself.

National has, for its part, been very enthusiastic about the TPP, while still giving assurances about Pharmac being protected... For the TPP’s friends and foes alike though, the end now seems nigh. More>>

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On The Farcical Elevation Of David Seymour

With the election won, it’s time to find jobs for the boy. David Seymour is the Act Party’s latest scrounger to be rewarded by the National Party, and not only with a seat in Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

As Key Mulls Joining ISIS Fighting: McCully Speech To UN Backs Security Council Bid

It is an honour to address you today on behalf of the Prime Minister and Government of New Zealand. Our General Election took place last week - our Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key is engaged in forming a government and that is why he is unable to be here in New York... More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Cunliffe Triggers Party Wide Leadership Contest

David Cunliffe has resigned as Labour Leader, but says he will seek re-election... If there is any contest the election will have to go through a process involving the party membership and union affiliates. More>>

ALSO:

Flyover Appeal: Progress And Certainty, Or Confusion And More Delays?

Lindsay Shelton: The Transport Agency, embarrassed by the rejection of its flyover alongside the Basin Reserve, says it’s appealing because the decision could “constrain progress.” Yet for most clear-sighted Wellingtonians a 300-metre-long concrete structure above Kent and Cambridge Terraces would in no way be seen as progress… More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Cunliffe’s Last Stand

Right now, embattled Labour leader David Cunliffe has three options. None of them are particularly attractive for him personally, or for the Labour Party... More>>

ALSO:

Key Seeking 'New Ideas': Look To Children’s Commissioner On Poverty - Greens

John Key should not reinvent the wheel when it comes to ideas for tackling child poverty, and instead look to the recommendations of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Group on Child Poverty, Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says. More>>

ALSO:

'Safe To Re-Enter' - OIA Docs: Safety Is Absolute Priority At Pike River Mine

“We understand that the time it is taking to complete our evaluation of the risks is frustrating for the family members and we are trying to complete this work as quickly as we can,” Ms Dunphy says. “It is Solid Energy’s responsibility to make this decision and we will do so, once we have all the information required to make a fully-informed decision.” More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news