Extra Potential Large H&S Fines

In December 2014 the Sentencing Act 2002 was ammended in a seemingly minor fashion.  However it means that Courts can now enforce substantial reparations payments to someone injured in a workplace accident.  Previously the Courts were unable to do this because of ACC, which was considered to provide sufficient recompense.  But legal comments are that we may now see reparations fines well in excess of $100,000 - depending on how many years' lost income the person may suffer.

This is another reminder to make sure that you have the right H&S systems in place and minimise your exposure.

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