$50k awarded after quad bike crash

  • 15/12/2015

A farm manager who broke his neck and suffered permanent brain damage after a quad bike accident at work has been awarded reparations of $50,000.

The man was rounding up his dogs on a quad bike in 2012 when he crashed into a large tree.

He was not wearing a helmet, although one had been bought for the farm.

The manager broke his neck, sustained permanent brain damage and had to be put in an induced coma for two weeks.

The farm owners were found to have failed taking all practicable steps to ensure the safety of their employee and were ordered to pay $50,000 in reparations to the manager plus a $20,000 fine in the Gisborne District Court yesterday.

The sentencing judge said the owners' key failure was not having health and safety plan in place that had clear direction that no one was to get on the quad bike without a helmet.