The skipper of a commercial fishing boat has been fined for failing to report a serious onboard accident in which a crew member's fingertips were severed.
Reginald Stephens was fined $1500 in the Nelson District Court for failing to notify Maritime New Zealand of the serious injury, following the accident a year ago.
On January 10 last year the crew member was working on the FV Remus when two of his fingertips were severed in a pulley.
As master of the vessel, Stephens, had an obligation to report the incident to Maritime NZ which he failed to do.
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The authority's southern deputy compliance manager, John Drury, said under maritime law, skippers have a responsibility to report all accidents.
"Having incidents recorded in a timely way means we have a more accurate understanding of what's occurred and are aware of common risks and hazards.
"As a regulator, we use this information to help educate the sector, minimise harm and keep people safe," Drury said.
Further court action is proceeding against others involved.