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Gross Negligence Caused Toxic Gas Death

Wednesday, 1 June 2022, 10:16 am | WorkSafe NZ

A litany of health and safety failings has been laid bare in the Wellington District Court, where Waste Management has been sentenced for the chemical poisoning of a worker. Jim Gideon died in August 2017, after being overcome by hydrogen sulphide ... More >>

Enforceable Undertakings Aim To Improve Cycling Safety

Friday, 27 May 2022, 6:10 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Two companies whose alleged inadequate health and safety processes resulted in the death of a Christchurch cyclist in 2019 have committed to an enforceable undertaking to ensure it doesn’t happen again. On 30 October 2019 Fyfa Campbell Dawson was ... More >>

Egg Company Fined After Worker Severs Thumb

Monday, 23 May 2022, 4:18 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe New Zealand is reminding businesses and organisations to consider the full extent of their operations and all people who might be harmed as a result. Mainland Poultry Limited was sentenced today in the Papakura District Court, after a worker’s ... More >>

Charter Company Sentenced Over Whakaari/White Island Failings

Friday, 1 April 2022, 9:36 am | WorkSafe NZ

A charter company has been sentenced for health and safety failings in relation to the Whakaari/White Island eruption. WorkSafe New Zealand carried out its largest ever investigation into the circumstances of tourists and workers being on the island ... More >>

Don’t Cut Corners When Caring For Disabled People – WorkSafe NZ

Friday, 25 February 2022, 3:07 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Disability care providers do not need to sacrifice the dignity of those they care for to manage health and safety, WorkSafe New Zealand says. Last year the service arm of the IHC New Zealand Incorporated, IDEA Services Limited, was sentenced after ... More >>

Businesses Must Assess The Capabilities Of Their Workers In A Safe And Controlled Environment

Friday, 11 February 2022, 10:19 am | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe New Zealand is reminding businesses they must assess the capabilities of their workers in a safe and controlled environment after those responsible for a life-altering incident which left a teenage girl paraplegic were sentenced in the ... More >>

Most Businesses Doing The Right Thing Under COVID-19

Thursday, 27 January 2022, 4:29 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe New Zealand is thanking businesses who are doing the right thing as we reach eight weeks under the COVID-19 Protection Framework. “To the businesses who have looked at the rules and made sure they are doing what’s needed to keep New ... More >>

Most Businesses Doing The Right Thing Under COVID-19 Requirements

Thursday, 27 January 2022, 4:26 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe New Zealand is thanking businesses who are doing the right thing as we reach eight weeks under the COVID-19 Protection Framework. “To the businesses who have looked at the rules and made sure they are doing what’s needed to keep New ... More >>

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 >>