Auckland's St Kentigern College is to pay reparation to two students who received lacerations to their throats from a razor during the school production of the musical Sweeney Todd last year.
The incident happened on the opening night of the musical Sweeney Todd, which tells the story of a throat-cutting barber.
Source: 1 NEWS
Here's part of the 1 NEWS coverage of the incident at the time.
WorkSafe New Zealand says it has accepted an "enforceable undertaking" from the St Kentigern Trust Board following the incident in April 2016.
WorkSafe says during the production on April 6, there was a scene in which two characters were being shaved by Sweeney Todd.
After being shaved there was a simulation of these characters having their throats cut and the two actors playing these characters received very serious lacerations to their throats.
WorkSafe's investigation found that the St Kentigern Trust Board breached the Health and Safety at Work Act of 2015 by failing to ensure, so far as was reasonably practicable, that the health and safety of students was not put at risk from work carried out as part of the business or undertaking.
This is the first time WorkSafe has used an enforceable undertaking, a provision under the act, which can be considered as an alternative to prosecution.
Under the undertaking, the board has accepted full responsibility for the incident and the harm which was caused as a result.
It has also committed to a restorative justice process with the victims of the offending, including the payment of reparation as an outcome.
The board has also taken steps to improve health and safety within the wider education sector, through the development of health and safety guidance and the building and delivery of training, for the benefit of schools nationwide.
Stephen Cole says the prop had been filed down and bound with duct tape and foam.
Source: 1 NEWS
Following the incident last year, 1 NEWS NOW reported that two 16-year-old boys received neck injuries in the performance's opening night from a razor wrapped in duct tape and foam.
WorkSafe General Manager Operations and Specialist Services, Brett Murray, said tonight the decision to accept an enforceable undertaking was appropriate as this was a serious but isolated incident.
"We have carefully considered the impact of this incident and the wishes of the three victims and their families," he said.
Saint Kentigern Trust Board deputy chairperson Dr John Kernohan said the board sincerely apologises for the fact that the accident happened and for the harm caused to all those families involved.
"Saint Kentigern accepts that it should have done more to acknowledge the seriousness of what happened immediately after the accident. The injuries were not minor. The injuries were significant and life threatening," he said.
"Individual members of the Trust Board personally feel deep regret and take full responsibility for the emotional and physical harm that has been suffered by those students involved.
"Ensuring that all students can learn in a safe environment remains Saint Kentigern's first priority."
As part of the enforceable undertaking agreement, Saint Kentigern will not comment further until the restorative justice process with the families is completed, he said.