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Don’t Let Your Standards For Operating Machinery Slip

Wednesday, 16 September 2020, 11:03 am | WorkSafe NZ

Meat manufacturer Hellers Limited has been sentenced for health and safety failures at the Christchurch District Court this week after a worker lost four fingers in a machine used to process meat. During the March 2019 incident while cleaning the ... More >>

Businesses Must Ensure Machines Are Guarded To Highest Standard

Friday, 4 September 2020, 9:58 am | WorkSafe NZ

A worker who was seven weeks into his first job has been left unable to return to work after he lost three fingers and part of his palm as the result of a traumatic amputation in unguarded machinery. Yesterday, Taranaki Sawmills Limited was sentenced ... More >>

Christchurch Worker Left Paralysed After Fall From Unsafe Platform

Wednesday, 2 September 2020, 12:01 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Fundamentally, businesses need to ensure that plant is safe, says WorkSafe New Zealand. Having health and safety policies and procedures will not protect workers unless they’re fully and effectively implemented, so engineering controls have to be considered ... More >>

Traffic Management Could Have Prevented Triple Fatality

Monday, 24 August 2020, 9:40 am | WorkSafe NZ

There was no temporary traffic management in place when three workers were fatally injured in a roadside work incident in the Bay of Plenty in early 2019. There were also no procedures in place for assessing when, where or how temporary traffic management ... More >>

Worker Paralysed After Fall

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 2:17 pm | WorkSafe NZ

A worker who was paralysed in a four metre fall and will never walk again has been awarded over $400,000 in reparations and consequential loss. In a reserved decision released last week, Strings Attached Limited was ordered to pay the victim following ... More >>

Risk Posed By Powerlines Must Be Considered

Tuesday, 28 July 2020, 1:12 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Any business conducting work near live powerlines must consider the risk they pose as part of its safety planning, says WorkSafe. Logging company Mike Harris Earthmoving Limited was fined $100,000 at the Rotorua District Court on Friday after a worker ... More >>

Working On Slopes Needs Astute Risk Management

Tuesday, 21 July 2020, 4:55 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Working on slopes is a daily challenge for many New Zealand businesses navigating undulating terrain. WorkSafe says that a sentencing decision released this week in Wellington District Court is a reminder to all businesses working outdoors that things ... More >>

New Health And Māori Leads For WorkSafe New Zealand

Thursday, 16 July 2020, 11:17 am | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe has made two appointments to its leadership team to elevate its focus on reducing work-related health harm, and improve health and safety outcomes for Māori. WorkSafe Chief Executive Phil Parkes says the changes will improve how the organisation ... More >>

Failure Leads To Severe Burns

Wednesday, 15 July 2020, 9:58 am | WorkSafe NZ

Failures at a meat processing plant led to a worker suffering severe burns to almost his entire body, says WorkSafe. Yesterday, Affco New Zealand Limited were fined $230,000 and ordered to pay $65,000 for failing to keep the worker safe at its Moerewa plant. ... More >>

Affco Sentenced Following Offal Spill

Wednesday, 8 July 2020, 3:09 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Affco New Zealand Limited was today fined $46,000 at the Whanganui District Court following an incident at the company’s plant in Imlay. In June 2015 a worker was cleaning up an offal spill, when some raw material squirted into his eye. The worker ... More >>

Safeguarding Machinery Is A Simple Way To Keep Workers Safe

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 1:42 pm | WorkSafe NZ

A Wellington business which continued to operate unguarded machinery resulting in serious hand injuries to a worker has been fined $260,000. In a Judge’s decision released last week, food manufacturer Oriental Cuisine Limited was ordered to pay ... More >>

Clear Communication A Must When Employing Migrant Workers

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 10:24 am | WorkSafe NZ

When employing migrant workers it is vital to ensure they clearly understand health and safety risks and the measures in place to control them. This message from WorkSafe comes after Sidogg Investments Limited, a dairy farming company, was fined $281,250 ... More >>

Student Seriously Injures Finger In Pre-trade Carpentry Course

Monday, 22 June 2020, 3:36 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Otago Polytechnic has been convicted for health and safety failings after a student’s finger was partially amputated during a pre-trade carpentry course. The tertiary institute appeared at the Dunedin District Court on May 29 and was sentenced to a ... More >>

Children Are Always At Risk On Worksites

Monday, 8 June 2020, 1:13 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe is reminding everyone that children are always at risk if brought onto worksites, after an unsupported stack of wood at a Timaru lumber yard collapsed on a three-year-old, causing fatal injuries. On Friday 5 June, Point Lumber Limited, ... More >>

Repeat Health And Safety Offender Fined

Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 10:22 am | WorkSafe NZ

An Auckland company with a history of health and safety failings has been fined $26,000 for failing to notify WorkSafe of an incident in which a crane collapsed and for failing to ensure the site where the event occurred was not disturbed until ... More >>

Worker Falls From Man Cage

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 10:04 am | WorkSafe NZ

A residential construction company was sentenced in the Auckland District Court yesterday after a worker fell more than three metres from a man cage attached to a tractor. New Vision Building and Construction Limited was ordered to pay the victim ... More >>

Machinery Must Be Used For Shifting Heavy Items

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 5:11 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Machinery should be used for shifting heavy items – not staff. That is the message from WorkSafe after a worker on an Otago dairy farm was left with a spinal injury. Dairy farming company, Otago Rural Management Limited was fined $270,937 at the Queenstown ... More >>

Rosedale Fatality

Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 12:33 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe is now investigating last night’s fatality in Rosedale, Auckland. We understand machinery was involved. As we are investigating we are unable to make further comment. WorkSafe was also notified of two further incidents in South Auckland ... More >>

Bromley Health And Safety Incident

Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 12:20 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe has filed charges over a health and safety incident in Bromley, Christchurch in May last year. Charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and the Hazardous Substances regulations have been filed following the incident in which a worker suffered ... More >>

Your COVID-19 Safety Plan – What You Need To Think About

Thursday, 23 April 2020, 4:17 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Under alert Level 3 all businesses that are permitted to resume operations need to have a COVID-19 safety plan that sets out how they’ll operate safely. To help meet the requirements for Level 3 work arrangements, WorkSafe New Zealand has developed ... More >>