DOC convicted over worker death

Last updated 15:49 22/11/2012
Mihai
DOC/SUPPLIED
LOST: Department of Conservation volunteer Mihai Muncus-Nagy.

Relevant offers

National News

Sky TV streams Oscars online without the rights, then cuts it off and upsets viewers A glittering Trump inauguration party at NZ's Washington Embassy cost taxpayers $81,000 CAA must review safety areas at Wellington Airport, Court of Appeal rules Metlink warns bus disruptions will last a week What makes buyers fall in love with a house? A recent survey has the answers Trump blames 'sad' ending on Hollywood's focus on politics Animal cruelty charges against pig hunters dismissed Small town New Zealand is tipped to struggle Architect's own Mid-century Modern house up for grabs Mitch Karpik has qualities like Sam Cane, says Chiefs coach Dave Rennie

The Department of Conservation has been convicted over health and safety failings leading to the death of a volunteer worker.

Mihai Muncus-Nagy was working as a volunteer on Raoul Island when he died on January 2.

He was carrying out the weekly sea temperature reading on the island when he disappeared. He has never been found, but is presumed drowned.

DOC representatives appeared at the Auckland District Court today.

DOC was found, as an employer, not to have taken all "practicable steps to ensure Mr Muncus-Nagy’s safety whilst working as a volunteer on Raoul Island".

John Howard, from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, said the "unfortunate tragedy" underlined the need for "employers to be constantly vigilant about workplace health and safety".

"In this case Doc, despite identifying the hazard, did not take all necessary steps to effectively control the risk."

Doc has already paid $60,000 in reparation to Muncus-Nagy’s family.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content