7 Oct 2015

Meatworks' seventh conviction in 10 years

8:13 pm on 7 October 2015

A Wellington meatworks company has notched up its seventh conviction in 10 years for health and safety breaches.

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Taylor Preston was sentenced in the Wellington District Court for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure an employee was not exposed to a workplace hazard.

It was fined more than $72,500 and was also ordered to pay the injured worker $8,000 in reparation.

The conviction related to an incident in August 2013 in which cleaner Matelena Tuiluaai's fingers were caught in a roller pinch point, causing a fracture to the base of her thumb which required surgery and a metal plate.

Judge Stan Thorburn said the company did not have a have a good health and safety record.