THE father of a British backpacker severely injured in a Tasmanian farming accident has spoken about his disappointment with the sentence handed out.
Holly Raper was 21 when the quad bike she was riding on a King Island dairy farm rolled on top of her, leaving her in a near- vegetative state.
Ms Raper suffered severe head injuries and will require feeding through a tube for the rest of her life.
Last month the farm's owner at the time, David John Bowden, was fined $3000 while his farm manager, Jason Andrew Haines, was penalised $1200 by Devonport Magistrate Michael Brett.
The victim's father, Chris Raper, yesterday said the family was extremely dissatisfied with the outcome.
"It appears that the justice meted out has no regard for the consequences of the acts of omission and breach of regulations, that a young girl's life, hopes and ambitions have been cut short and that the penalty imposed doesn't even begin to approach a correlation between Holly's condition and the negligence shown," he said.
Ms Raper's lawyer, Brian Hilliard, said the penalty was not a deterrent to other Tasmanian employers who maintained unsafe work conditions.
Ms Raper, who cannot communicate or breathe on her own, was not wearing a helmet at the time and the quad bike was found be defective mechanically.
"For Holly's employer to receive a $3000 fine for providing an unsafe work environment that left her facing a life without even basic function shows the present system is failing as a deterrent," said Mr Hilliard, who is seeking compensation and damages for Ms Raper.
Bowden and Haines both pleaded guilty to failing to ensure Ms Raper was wearing a helmet after Haines directed her to use the bike to move cows into a paddock in December, 2011.
Mr Brett said the men were not being sentenced on the basis of Ms Raper's injuries as they were not shown to be a consequence of the offending in the material presented to the court.
He said the offence was serious but accepted it was an isolated lapse in safety standards.
Slater & Gordon Lawyers have also called on the state government to change legislation which required a 30 per cent disability before an injured worker could sue their boss.
"Prior to 2001, any worker who was able to establish an employer's negligence in relation to their injuries was able to pursue litigation and this provided an enormous financial incentive for employers to do the right thing," Mr Hilliard said.
Quad bike accidents are the leading cause of death on Australian farms.
There has been one death in Tasmanian this year due to a quad accident.