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Wiri Truck Fatality

Wednesday, 5 May 2021, 4:41 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe is now investigating an incident in Wiri today. We understand a person has been crushed by a tail lift on a truck and died. As the matter is now under investigation we are unable to make any further comment. More >>

Experience No Substitute For Risk Management

Thursday, 29 April 2021, 3:37 pm | WorkSafe NZ

The death of a West Coast flooring company employee has drawn a strong warning from WorkSafe New Zealand to businesses not to rely on the experience of workers in the absence of proper risk identification and management. In March 2019 an employee of ... More >>

There Is No Reason New Zealand Can’t Lead The World On Health And Safety

Wednesday, 28 April 2021, 9:19 am | WorkSafe NZ

Today marks World Day for Safety and Health at Work and International Workers’ Memorial Day. It is a day that WorkSafe Chief Executive Phil Parkes says should not be passed over like any other. More than 500 people have gone to work and not come ... More >>

WorkSafe Investigation Into Fiordland Fatality

Wednesday, 21 April 2021, 2:59 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe has opened an investigation into a workplace fatality in Fiordland yesterday. We understand the worker was undertaking geotechnical work at the time. As an investigation has now been opened we can't provide any further comment. More >>

WorkSafe’s Forklift Roadshow Attracts More Than 1000 Businesses

Wednesday, 7 April 2021, 12:56 pm | WorkSafe NZ

A country wide roadshow which aimed to highlight health and safety risks associated with forklifts reached 1055 businesses across the country. The seminars, hosted by WorkSafe New Zealand, wrapped up in Dunedin last week. Between 2013 and 2018 forklift ... More >>

Edge Protection Must Be Inspected And Maintained

Tuesday, 16 March 2021, 7:51 am | WorkSafe NZ

Edge protection must be inspected, maintained and routinely replaced to ensure it can effectively keep workers safe from a fall from heights. This messaging comes after Car Haulaways Limited was sentenced for failing to do just this, resulting ... More >>

Care For Customers Should Be A Priority When Managing Health And Safety

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 3:28 pm | WorkSafe NZ

The safety of customers and others interacting with a business must be a priority when considering health and safety in the workplace says WorkSafe, and policies in place should be implemented every day. The messages follow the sentencing today of ... More >>

CO2 Cylinders Must Be Tested And Stamped By Reputable Source

Friday, 12 February 2021, 2:10 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe has condemned the actions of a Hutt Valley man after he falsified a safety stamp on a CO2 cylinder and on sold it online. Jarrod Ward collected a second hand CO2 cylinder from a previous place of employment and then sold it on TradeMe in 2019. ... More >>

MPI Sentenced After Workers Exposed To Hazardous Chemicals

Thursday, 11 February 2021, 3:19 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Communication is vital when multiple businesses come together to carry out work, says WorkSafe. The Ministry for Primary Industries was sentenced in Invercargill District Court today for failing to ensure workers were not exposed to hazardous ... More >>

Almost Half Of Vehicle-related Deaths On Farm Could Be Avoided If Seatbelts Were Used

Thursday, 11 February 2021, 8:51 am | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe New Zealand is advising farmers to buckle up after an analysis of vehicle-related fatalities found that nearly half those that occur on farm could have been avoided if a seatbelt was being used. The data analysis, completed by WorkSafe, revealed ... More >>

Two Parties Sentenced Following Haast Fatality

Wednesday, 27 January 2021, 4:09 pm | WorkSafe NZ

The gas water heater used to supply a shower in which a 12-year-old boy died in 2018, should never have been installed inside the bathroom says WorkSafe. The victim was using a shower at his family’s holiday home and died as a result of carbon ... More >>

Seatbelt And Helmet Could Have Saved Life

Thursday, 21 January 2021, 4:28 pm | WorkSafe NZ

If a vehicle’s safety features are compromised, then no one should be driving it. That’s the message from WorkSafe following the death of a woman who was ejected from a Utility Task Vehicle (UTV), commonly referred to as a side by side. The side ... More >>

Kiwi Screen Sector, Leads The World For Managing COVID-19

Friday, 15 January 2021, 12:08 pm | WorkSafe NZ

The New Zealand screen sector is being hailed for its innovative approach to managing COVID-19. A new partnership between the film industry, ScreenSafe and WorkSafe New Zealand saw the creation of a world class guidance document for the management of ... More >>

Business Owner Fined For Obstructing WorkSafe Inspector

Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 1:17 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Business owners are today reminded they are required to work with WorkSafe inspectors carrying out site visits or they run the risk of facing enforcement action. Manawatu dairy farmer Daniel Reuel Sproull has been fined $4000 after he prevented inspectors ... More >>

Puataunofo Programme To Celebrate Fifteenth Year In 2021

Friday, 8 January 2021, 4:11 pm | WorkSafe NZ

A WorkSafe programme designed for Pacific workers and rooted in Pacific culture will celebrate its fifteenth year in 2021. The Puataunofo ‘Come Home Safely’ programme is a workplace health and safety education initiative focused on delivering ... More >>

WorkSafe Reminds All Businesses To Take Prohibition Notices Seriously

Wednesday, 16 December 2020, 10:01 am | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe is reminding businesses today that a failure to comply with WorkSafe notices can result in prosecution. Hobson Construction Limited were sentenced at the Auckland District Court today and ordered to pay a fine of $180,000 for exposing workers to ... More >>

All Work Involving Gas Must Be Done By The Book

Tuesday, 15 December 2020, 3:50 pm | WorkSafe NZ

A gas explosion in Christchurch which left six people seriously injured and several properties uninhabitable serves as a warning to all gasfitters, says WorkSafe. All work with gas must be done by the book - because when things go wrong, the consequences ... More >>

New Technology To Be Showcased At Forklift Roadshow

Monday, 14 December 2020, 9:06 am | WorkSafe NZ

Technology designed to keep workers safe will be highlighted at a nationwide forklift roadshow. The roadshow, hosted by WorkSafe New Zealand, will tour the country from February to April 2021 and aims to reduce the amount of harm being caused by forklifts ... More >>

Scaffold Will Only Keep Workers Safe If Erected By A Competent Person

Friday, 11 December 2020, 3:27 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Scaffolds will only keep workers safe if they are erected by someone with competence experience, says WorkSafe. If not constructed correctly, they can put workers at risk. W Gartshore Limited is a construction company which specialises in shop fit-outs ... More >>

Seatbelt And Helmet Could Have Saved Life

Thursday, 10 December 2020, 12:54 pm | WorkSafe NZ

If a vehicle’s safety features are compromised, then no one should be driving it. That’s the message from WorkSafe following the death of a woman who was ejected from a Utility Task Vehicle (UTV), commonly referred to as a side by side. The side ... More >>