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Business Penalised For Not Meeting Vaccination Requirements

Thursday, 23 December 2021, 2:11 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe New Zealand has issued an infringement notice to a business for failing to comply with its responsibilities under the COVID-19 Protection Framework. Oliver MMA, a martial arts and fitness centre in Auckland, has knowingly allowed unvaccinated ... More >>

Keep Tamariki Safe When Hiring Or Using Bouncy Castles

Friday, 17 December 2021, 4:58 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe NZ is aware of the tragic events in Tasmania and knows parents and caregivers here will be thinking about how to keep tamariki safe when hiring or using bouncy castles. These devices are widely available but consumers may not know the standards ... More >>

Business Fined For Failing To Protect Workers From Methyl Bromide Exposure

Thursday, 9 December 2021, 3:31 pm | WorkSafe NZ

A failure to prevent workers being exposed to methyl bromide has seen a business fined $250,000 after a WorkSafe New Zealand investigation. The investigation began after workers at Flick Anticimex Limited, a pest control fumigation service, suffered ... More >>

WorkSafe New Zealand Welcomes Laurenson Review Recommendations

Friday, 22 October 2021, 12:41 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe New Zealand has today welcomed the recommendations in the Review of WorkSafe New Zealand’s Performance of its Regulatory Functions in Relation to Activities on Whakaari White Island . This review was commissioned by the Minister for Workplace ... More >>

WorkSafe Activity Since August Level 4 Lockdown Announced

Friday, 3 September 2021, 4:25 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe New Zealand has received almost 600 reports of alleged COVID-19 breaches about businesses since the Level 4 lockdown came into effect on 18 August 2021. By the morning of Friday 3 September WorkSafe had triaged 582 reports alleging COVID ... More >>

Quad bikes must be regularly serviced

Monday, 16 August 2021, 11:41 am | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe New Zealand is once again reminding businesses that regular servicing and proper maintenance of quad bikes can save lives. The reminder comes after the sentencing of two businesses in Timaru District Court on August 5. Dairy Holdings Limited and ... More >>

WorkSafe Warns Of Spring Fatalities Spike

Friday, 13 August 2021, 12:26 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe is giving farmers a heads up to be mindful of risks on farm this spring. In spring 2020, fatalities spiked to five during the months of August and September. Vehicles continue to be the primary source of harm in on farm fatalities. On Monday ... More >>

Safe Systems Save Lives

Thursday, 12 August 2021, 10:14 am | WorkSafe NZ

A tragic workplace fatality in the Bay of Plenty serves as a reminder for businesses that effective standard operating systems in workplaces are key to making sure employees stay healthy and safe at work. These systems must be documented, implemented, communicated, ... More >>

Worker Poisoned – Basic Health And Safety Obligations Not Met

Thursday, 29 July 2021, 3:48 pm | WorkSafe NZ

A Rolleston-based pest bait manufacturing organisation has been fined $275,000 over an incident in which a worker was poisoned in May 2019 and nearly lost his life. Pest Control Research Limited Partnership (PCR) manufactures pest control products ... More >>

Failing To Learn From Previous Death Results In Death Of Residential Care User

Monday, 26 July 2021, 2:58 pm | WorkSafe NZ

It is crucial to ensuring the health and safety of vulnerable service users in residential care, that the risk of drowning in the bath is identified and assessed, and appropriate controls put in place. It is pointless having a control plan on paper if a business ... More >>

WorkSafe Report Identifies Steps For Improving Transport Safety

Thursday, 22 July 2021, 11:42 am | WorkSafe NZ

A cross-sector project between WorkSafe NZ and industry representatives has been established to help improve health and safety outcomes across the Transport, Postal and Warehousing sectors. WorkSafe data also shows that in Transport, Postal, and ... More >>

Health And Safety Paramount On Forestry Sites

Monday, 19 July 2021, 9:40 am | WorkSafe NZ

A tragic forestry fatality on the East Coast could have been avoided if industry guidance had simply been being followed, says WorkSafe. Businesses are being reminded once again to make sure work is being done correctly, safely and to higher industry ... More >>

Workers Must Be Competent Or Directly Supervised When Operating Cranes

Wednesday, 7 July 2021, 2:02 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe New Zealand is warning businesses that it is unacceptable to allow staff to operate cranes and other machinery without direct supervision or appropriate training. The warning comes after a fatal incident in Christchurch in January 2019. An employee ... More >>

Quad Bike Maintenance A Non-negotiable

Tuesday, 6 July 2021, 9:36 am | WorkSafe NZ

Checking tyre pressure on quad bikes should be a fundamental health and safety process, says WorkSafe New Zealand. Harm resulting from quad bikes continues to be a serious issue in New Zealand. There have been 75 fatalities across the country since 2006. ... More >>

WorkSafe Focus On Talley’s Group Of Companies

Friday, 2 July 2021, 5:30 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe New Zealand is planning to take a close look at how the Talley’s group of companies are meeting their obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA). Chief Executive Phil Parkes says the group has a history of poor health and ... More >>

Exclusion Zones A Must, Says WorkSafe, After Man Gets Shot In The Heart By A Nail

Tuesday, 29 June 2021, 9:39 am | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe is today reminding businesses of the importance of adequate risk assessments and exclusion zones, after a worker was shot in the chest with a nail gun. Sleepwell (NZ) Limited makes mattresses and bed bases at a plant in South Auckland. In September ... More >>

Work With WorkSafe

Monday, 28 June 2021, 3:11 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe New Zealand are reminding people that they are obligated to comply with WorkSafe inspectors exercising their compliance powers under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. If people fail to comply with WorkSafe inspectors, they run the ... More >>

Safety Profile - Health And Safety, It’s Not Necessarily Something You Can Call ‘just Common Sense’

Monday, 21 June 2021, 10:20 am | WorkSafe NZ

“Working in a rural role but desk-based has really made me reflect on the very different health and safety challenges of being ‘hands on’ on farm,” says Kieran McCahon. Kieran, Waikato/Bay of Plenty FMG Young Farmer of the Year, grew up on his ... More >>

Safety Profile – The Job's Always Going To Be There – Getting Home Safely Is The Main Thing

Monday, 14 June 2021, 10:53 am | WorkSafe NZ

This profile is part of a seven-part series from WorkSafe New Zealand sharing the health and safety approaches taken by the grand finalists of the 2021 FMG Young Farmer of the Year competition. For the next seven weeks, we will be sharing a profile and ... More >>

Growing Professionalism Driving Awareness Of Health And Safety In Shearing Industry

Tuesday, 8 June 2021, 12:17 pm | WorkSafe NZ

This profile is part of a seven-part series from WorkSafe New Zealand sharing the health and safety approaches taken by the grand finalists of the 2021 FMG Young Farmer of the Year competition. For the next seven weeks, we will be sharing a profile and ... More >>