The District Court has convicted and fined a machinery sales centre for a health and safety breach after it loaned a tractor to a farmer on trial.

While being driven on the farm the tractor’s brakes failed, causing the tractor to roll back down a hill.  The employee was thrown off the tractor and run over by the tractor.  The employee suffered serious injuries as a result.

The Court found that warning light wires had not been properly reconnected after servicing of the tractor and the brakes were not working properly. 

The machinery centre was fined $239,000 and ordered to pay reparation of $103,000 to the victim.

Alan Knowsley