Employers Have to ensure their workers are safe at all times - Forestry Foreman individually fined $35,000

13/08/2014 17:22

Foreman fined over logging death


The foreman of a logging gang has been fined and ordered to pay reparation following the death of a young worker.

Robert Ruri-Epapara, 23, was crushed by a tree felled in the Waione Forest, near Rotorua, in March last year.

The foreman, Major Nelson, felled the tree without knowing whether any workers were nearby. The 26-year-old pleaded guilty on Wednesday to failing to take all practical steps to ensure worker safety.

Nelson was fined $35,000 and ordered to pay reparation of $15,000, to be divided amongst the dead man's parents and partner.

Complete Logging, which Nelson part owns, was ordered to pay $135,000 in a fine and reparation when it appeared in court in January.