Director Given Community Service and Fined for Unsafe Vessel

POSTED BY Karl Stolberger
03 June 2014

posted in Caselaw | Health and Safety | director liability | Maritime

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In a post script to our earlier case note on the "Easy Rider” fishing boat prosecution, penalties have now been imposed on vessel owner AZ1 Enterprises Ltd, and on the company’s director, both of whom were convicted for breaches of the Maritime Transport Act and the Health & Safety in Employment Act. 

The director has been sentenced to 350 hours community service and fined $3000. The company was fined over $200,000. These sentences reinforce the message that breaches of applicable health and safety rules carry serious consequences for both companies and individual directors and officers. With the Health and Safety Reform Bill presently making its way through Parliament (anticipated to come into effect in April next year) one can only expect an increasing focus on health and safety matters and greater preparedness to hold individual directors and decision makers responsible for failure to ensure that their business’ operations are conducted safely. Now is a good time to consider reviewing policies and practices for compliance in this area.

POSTED BY Karl Stolberger
03 June 2014

posted in CaselawHealth and Safetydirector liabilityMaritime

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