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  • Counties Automotive Diesel Repairs Limited, a Pukekohe based company has today been fined $5,000 and ordered to pay reparations of $68,582 after a Vietnamese tourist was killed in an accident on Auckland’s southern motorway on 14 January 2010. At the time of the accident a truck, recently serviced by the company, was travelling south on the motorway when its outer and inner left back wheels came off. One of the wheels bounced across the motorway into the oncoming lanes before smashing through the windscreen of a bus travelling north.
    Article - 2011-04-12 08:30
  • A timber processing company based in Rotorua was yesterday ordered to pay reparations of $10,000 after one of its employees was seriously injured because the machine he was working on wasn’t adequately guarded. Lakeland Timber Processors Limited was convicted of breaching the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 in the Rotorua District Court – no fine was handed down because the company has gone into liquidation.
    Article - 2011-04-19 18:00
  • Wellington based Aquaheat Industries Limited has been fined $16,000 after an employee chopped off four fingers while cutting steel with a guillotine. The Lower Hutt District Court also ordered the company to pay reparations of $10,000. On 18 February last year, the employee put his hand into the machine to adjust a sheet of metal he was cutting. He accidentally pushed down on a pedal that activated the machine. Four fingers on his left hand were amputated in the incident. Three of the four fingers were successfully reattached.
    Article - 2011-06-17 14:00
  • A Rotorua-based saw blade and cutting tool manufacturer has been fined $30,000 for failing to properly guard a machine, which amputated an employee’s three fingers last September. The Auckland District Court also ordered Checkmate Precision Cutting Tools Limited to pay reparations of $10,000 to the injured employee. On 16 September last year the employee was working on the 30-tonne punch and forming press to cut saw blade teeth on metal strips.
    Article - 2011-07-06 18:00
  • A Porirua plastics manufacturing company, which has been prosecuted in the past for failing to guard machinery, has been fined $45,000 for a similar offence. In the latest incident, Kiwi Plastic Company Limited was convicted of failing to guard two of its bag sealing machines. During an unannounced visit, Department of Labour inspectors found that the guards had been removed for approximately three months. The Department’s investigation also found that an employee had been taught to over-ride automatic shut down mechanisms.
    Article - 2011-08-04 18:00
  • The job of leading Skeltons, horticulture crop production specialists, into the future has changed hands with the appointment of Luke Hansen to the position of National Manager Horticulture. Mr Hansen, who has held senior positions in Australasia’s leading horticulture and agriculture companies, will step into the role after Ian Gold retires later this month.
    Article - 2011-08-18 12:00
  • Speech by President of Federated Farmers Bruce Wills to the NZIIA Major Issues Conference, Wellington 20 October 2011 I would like to thank Bryan and the members of the Institute of International Affairs for inviting Federated Farmers to speak today. To Sir Graeme Harrison, thank you for moderating this session and can I acknowledge you as a very worthy recipient of Federated Farmers 2010 Agribusiness Person of the Year. I hope being new to this position that I can offer some insight into the trade environment as I see it.
    Article - 2011-10-20 15:00
  • Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced the findings of its 2011 SMB Threat Awareness Poll, which revealed that while awareness is high, SMBs don’t consider themselves targets of cyberattacks. As a result, they are not implementing the proper safeguards to protect their information. The SMB Threat Awareness Poll examined the awareness levels of small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) regarding the dangers of security threats, and how well they are prepared to defend against them.
    Article - 2011-11-18 10:00
  • The devastating running aground of the Costa Concordia cruise ship in Italy is a sobering reminder that key marine rescue groups in New Zealand must be equipped to best handle any similar incidents in local waters. Coastguard New Zealand International Relationships Director, Brooke Archbold, says this incident shows the importance of New Zealand’s marine rescue agencies having a clear response plan in place should a mass rescue ever need to be undertaken here.
    Article - 2012-01-23 10:01
  • Appliance distributor, Applico Ltd, has signalled a changing of the guard as Mark Jones hands the mantle of managing director to his daughter, director and general manager, Rachel Louie. Mark, whose involvement in retail management spans four decades, will take on the role of executive chairman of the Jones’ family investments.
    Article - 2012-03-01 12:01