A tree fell in an early childhood centre and everyone heard it

hand n hand trust27 August 2019

 

A tree fell on children in an early childhood centre and for the first time ever Worksafe prosecuted an ECE service.

The service concerned, Discoveries Educare Ltd, will therefore be remembered in the history of early childhood education in NZ as being the first to be convicted under the Health and Safety Act. Just the month before the incident occurred Discoveries Educare had taken home the award for Best Emerging Business in the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2016 – South.

Four children and one adult were injuired. 

It took almost 3 years for the case to go through the courts. A hearing was scheduled in the Auckland District Court on 30 May 2019.  The case was not decided until August 23, 2019.

The charges brought by WorkSafe under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 were:

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