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Wellington man fined for obstructing WorkSafe investigation

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WorkSafe says failure to comply with its investigation processes will not be tolerated and there will be serious consequences for anyone who refuses to cooperate.

Joshua Junior Nanai was sentenced at the Porirua District Court this week on a representative charge of obstruction after failing to cooperate with WorkSafe while an investigation took place. He was also sentenced on a substantive charge of failing to ensure the health and safety of other persons.

Nanai failed to attend interviews with WorkSafe staff on four separate occasions. He also did not provide documentation and information to assist with WorkSafe’s investigation. He was fined $2,000 on this charge. The court considered financial capacity in arriving at its decision.

The charge arose from a WorkSafe investigation into Nanai’s unsafe removal of a 30 metre high Norfolk pine tree. He was fined $12,000 on a charge relating to failing to ensure the health and safety of others by not implementing a traffic management plan to isolate the public from the tree work; or ensure adequate systems were used to control the tree debris.

WorkSafe Chief Inspector Investigations Steve Kelly said while WorkSafe staff were trying to complete their investigation into his work Nanai remained uncooperative and his behaviour was unacceptable.

"Our inspectors have legal authority to request information and businesses are required to provide that information. Our inspectors are carrying out their work to protect workers and others and we will not hesitate to prosecute where they are hindered in that work and the law is flouted."

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