Craggy Range fined for quad accident

Craggy Range vineyard in Martinborough has been fined $36,000 after a contractor fractured his arm when he was thrown from a quad bike and run over by a trailer which narrowly missed his head.

Craggy Range is based in Hawke's Bay but also has vineyards in Martinborough.

Judge Peter Hobbs also ordered the vineyard to pay $6500 in reparation to the victim after hearing the details of the case in Masterton District Court yesterday.

The company pleaded guilty to a charge brought by the Health and Safety Group of the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment.

Judge Hobbs fined the vineyard after ruling it had breached the Health and Safety in Employment Act by failing to take all practicable steps to ensure an employee of its contractor was not harmed.

The judge said Craggy Range was ultimately responsible for the accident which occurred on May 10 of last year. The impact led to the victim, Luke Dylan Crawford, suffering significant injuries.

The vineyard regularly hired contractors for tasks such as picking and transporting grapes.



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