Companies sentenced after tree falls on children

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Companies sentenced after tree falls on children

A November 2016 incident in which four children under the age of four and a teacher were injured by a falling tree at Discoveries Educare Centre in Epsom Auckland had its sequel in the Auckland District Court today.

“This was a potentially catastrophic incident and it is pure luck that no-one was killed,” says Danielle Henry, Northern Investigations Manager for WorkSafe.

“Our investigation found that the tree had been dead for more than a year before it fell. The dead tree should have been identified and appropriate steps should have been taken to address this risk, such as removing the tree from the playground.

“Discoveries Educare Limited failed to monitor and manage the condition of the tree and Heng Tong Investment Limited (which leased the property to Discoveries Educare) had not carried out regular visits, assessments or inspections.

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