Prosecution over fallen tree threatens small business viability

A recent occupational health and safety (OHS) prosecution in New Zealand illustrates many issues and attitudes to safety held by small business operators around the world.

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Stumpmaster was prosecuted after a bystander was injured and then hospitalised when the tree it was felling hit her. (WorkSafeNZ has issued a media release in the wake of the prosecution)  The company was penalised a total of $NZ108,500.  In January 2018, the owner of the Company, James Isaac, was in the newspapers stating that the penalty could end his business.

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