The District Court has ordered a company to pay over $500,000 in fines and reparations, after it was found that it had failed to enforce the necessary health and safety policies which were in place.

In 2017, an employee died in an incident where a dump truck he was operating rolled down a bank. The employee was not licensed to drive the heavy vehicle and had never driven the vehicle on a public road before.

His supervisor knew that he was unlicensed, but took no action. The Court found that although the company did have the necessary health and safety policies in place, they were not communicated to the employees, or monitored/enforced by the employer.

All employers should ensure that the company’s health and safety policies are not only in place, but are understood and followed by all employees.

Ben Ruback

Employment Lawyer 
Wellington