A dairy farmer who would not allow WorkSafe inspectors on to his farm, instead challenging their authority and making himself scarce, has failed in his latest attempt to overturn his convictions. The Court of Appeal dismissed Daniel Sproull’s appeal against two convictions for obstructing WorkSafe inspectors. He was found guilty of the charges by Judge Jonathan krebs after a judge-alone trial in 2020. The convictions stem from 2018 and 2019, a time when Sproull ran three farming companies just outside of Palmerston North. WorkSafe inspectors repeatedly tried to visit Sproull’s farm to do compliance checks, but Sproull spent his time either not accepting their authority to conduct inspections or not being on the property.
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