Forest adventure death earns fine

Last updated 05:00 25/02/2014

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Tree Adventures in Woodhill Forest was only days away from installing safety gear that would have saved a man who fell to his death there in March 2013, the Waitakere District Court heard on Friday.

Clifford Brabet, 57, of Auckland, fell 14 metres from the high wires at the adventure park on March 3, 2013.

The incident prompted a Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment investigation which resulted in a charge being laid under the Health and Safety in Employment Act.

After pleading guilty to failing to identify a hazard the company was fined $24,500 on Friday and ordered to pay Brabet's partner $80,000 for the emotional and financial impact the loss had on her.

Judge Jane Farish said it was not about putting a price on a life, rather recognising the ongoing trauma being suffered.

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