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Hamilton City Council to be prosecuted over death of zoo keeper

WorkSafe New Zealand has announced it will prosecute the Hamilton City Council over the death of zookeeper Samantha Kudeweh in September last year.Mrs Kudeweh died after she was attacked by male Sumatran tiger, Oz, while carrying out duties inside the animal enclosure.
The charge laid by WorkSafe alleges the Council breached Section 6 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 by failing to take all practical steps to ensure Mrs Kudeweh was not exposed to hazards arising out of working with the Sumatran Tiger "Oz" in her place of work. The charge was filed today in the Hamilton District Court. A date for a first appearance has not yet been set. It carries a maximum fine of $250,000.
Hamilton City Council chief executive Richard Briggs said the council had not yet decided how it would plead to the charge. Mr Briggs said the council were committed to learning from the tragedy