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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 >>

Woolston Fatality

Monday, 23 March 2020, 11:41 am | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe is investigating this morning's fatality in Woolston, Christchurch. We understand the victim sustained crushing injuries. As the matter is now under investigation we are unable to provide any further comment. More >>

Go Back To Basics When Assessing Health And Safety

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 12:51 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe is reminding businesses to go back to basics before allowing workers to operate dangerous machinery. The message comes after Oak Lane Chaff Limited was fined $260,000 at the Hastings District Court last Friday. The sentencing follows an August ... More >>

Six Tonne Truck Rolls Onto Trainee Worker

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 12:05 pm | WorkSafe NZ

A young untrained worker was on his second day on the job at a mechanics workshop in Cambridge, when he was crushed by the six tonne truck he was working under. GTT Mechanical 2018 Limited was sentenced at the Hamilton District Court last Friday ... More >>

WorkSafe Accepts Enforceable Undertaking From Hawke’s Bay District Health Board

Monday, 9 March 2020, 12:56 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe has accepted an Enforceable Undertaking (EU) from Hawke’s Bay District Health Board (HBDHB) following a May 2018 incident in which a patient fell from a patient lifter while being transferred from an air ambulance to a road ambulance. ... More >>

New Research Aims To Reduce NZ’s High Rate Of Work-related Illness

Friday, 28 February 2020, 12:55 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Every year, 750 to 900 New Zealanders die prematurely due to work-related illness, yet little is known about the effectiveness of workplace interventions to address these health issues. WorkSafe New Zealand and the Health Research Council ... More >>

Company Fined After Worker Loses Three Fingers

Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 4:42 pm | WorkSafe NZ

A company’s failure to appropriately manage risk and identify safe work methods and controls in the workplace has ended with a worker losing three fingers. Canterbury Concrete Cutting NZ Limited was fined $229,921 at the Christchurch District Court ... More >>

Businesses Must Separate People From Plant

Monday, 17 February 2020, 5:10 pm | WorkSafe NZ

An export logging firm was sentenced today after a worker suffered fatal crushing injuries. Mangere based company Guru NZ Limited was ordered to pay a fine of $330,750 at the Manukau District Court after a worker was crushed between a shipping container ... More >>

Mismanagement of asbestos removal unacceptable

Friday, 7 February 2020, 1:51 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Motueka company Bays Boating Limited were fined $108,000 at the Nelson District Court today following a WorkSafe prosecution for the unsafe removal of asbestos. In August 2018, the company began demolition work on a building known to have asbestos in both ... More >>

Worksafe Statement

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 2:27 pm | WorkSafe NZ

There are allegations circulating on social media that suggest a worker involved in a May 2019 incident in Bromley, Christchurch has died as a result of chemical exposure following the incident. More >>