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Mere King, senior associate at Buddle Findlay was interviewed by the NBR.  Palmerston North-based Budget Plastics pleaded guilty for failing to provide a safe working environment for an employee who had part of his hand amputated after it was dragged into machinery.  Mere King said "the judge decided a fine in the range of $275,000 to $400,000.  However, the claim was reduced to $100,000 due to the financial capacity of the defendant."  Businesses need to be aware the Health and Safety at Work Act has seen fines increase six-fold and it is important to take immediate action on any identified risks.

Listen to the full interview below.