Nelson Leader : September 19th 2013
5 THE NELSON LEADER, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 NEWS 5592217AA Authorised by Matt Lawrey, 31 Orsman Cres, Nelson MAXIMIZE YOUR PROFIT "Compare our Service" Simon Collins 05 545 9182 email@example.com Company stand by their man Layed up: Daniel Nathan could be in Nelson Hospital until Christmas after he was severely injured when Arturo Groppo from Argentina, a tourist driving a camper, hit Mr Nathan's work vehicle, near Murchison. The tourist was found guilty of driving on the wrong side of the road and has paid $12,000 to Mr Nathan. Photo: MARTIN DE RUYTER By LAURA BASHAM Nelson man Daniel Nathan, severely injured when a tourist s campervan on the wrong side of the road drove into him, is grateful his employer has stuck by him. He and fellow Downer worker Johnny Bell were driving home to Nelson from Hanmer on the night of August 1 when the Argentinians drove into them near Murchison. After being treated in Wellington and Hutt hospitals Mr Nathan is now back in Nelson Hospital and likely to be there until Christmas. Both his legs, his pelvis, left arm and an eye are damaged. Daniel says his company has been good to him, paying for 13 of his fam- ily to stay in Wellington when he was rushed to hospital there, and ensuring that he continued to be paid. Scott Ford, Downer s Nelson Marl- borough area manager, confirmed the company had covered the accom- modation costs for the family group for a week, and for close family for two and a half weeks in Wellington. We re like a big family, we look after one another, says Scott. The pair are now getting paid under ACC. Ironically they had been working the previous four nights checking cat s eyes road markers for road safety and had taken a required 10-hour break. Scott says: It was pretty gutting for our guys who were just driving along the road and someone hits them. Investigations had showed they had done everything exactly as they were supposed to, he says. The Argentinian driver, Arturo Osvaldo Groppo, admitted five charges of aggravated careless driv- ing causing injury, was ordered to pay $12,000 to Daniel, $8000 to Johnny and $5000 to the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter. Scott says Johnny who broke his leg in two places may be back at work in December, while Daniel who took most of the impact is likely to be in hospital until Christmas and faces a long recovery. He says the company ensures Daniel gets a visit in hospital at least once a week from his workmates to maintain contact.
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