Over an 18 month period, three employees were injured in the same way while operating a machine.

The District Court convicted the employer under the Health and Safety in Employment Act for failing to take all practicable steps to keep their employees safe, and for failing to notify WorkSafe New Zealand of the incidents.

The Court found that the machine was inadequately guarded, and noted that the employer should have resolved the situation following the first incident.

WorkSafe New Zealand only became aware of the events after a Union complaint, and noted that had they been immediately notified, the other two incidents could have been prevented.

The Court fined the employer over $196,400 and ordered the employer to pay $57,000 in reparation to the three victims.