A farm manager was rounding up with his dogs on a quad bike when he crashed into a large tree. The employee was not wearing a helmet and subsequently broke his neck, and sustained permanent brain damage.

The District Court sentenced the employer under the Health and Safety in Employment Act for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of their employee.

The Court found that there was no health and safety plan in place which directed the employee to wear a helmet while riding the farm’s quad bike.

The Court fined the employer $20,000 and ordered the employer to pay $50,000 in reparation to the injured employee.