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WorkSafe New Zealand Chair Announces New Chief Executive, Sharon Thompson

Tuesday, 25 June 2024, 4:00 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Sharon will join WorkSafe from her current role as Executive Director, Transformation and Operational Delivery, at the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) where she leads the operations and capability functions. More >>

Motorcyclist Dodges Death At Cattle Crossing

Friday, 21 June 2024, 10:12 am | WorkSafe NZ

The incident occurred in the Maruia Valley in March 2021, where sharemilkers had put the ropes across the 100kph road to relocate 800 cows. More >>

Kiwifruit Industry Opens New Frontiers In Forklift Safety

Tuesday, 11 June 2024, 7:10 pm | WorkSafe NZ

AI technology to sense pedestrians around forklifts is the centrepiece of a new safety commitment WorkSafe has accepted from a major player in the kiwifruit industry. More >>

Forklift Brake Failure Incident Could Have Been Avoided

Thursday, 23 May 2024, 12:36 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Casey Broad, WorkSafe’s National Manager Investigations, says the $240,000 fine handed down to Refrigafreighters Limited for an incident in September 2022 is a wake-up call to all businesses using forklifts. More >>

Unsafe Machinery Costs Digits And Dollars

Wednesday, 15 May 2024, 6:39 am | WorkSafe NZ

Courts have imposed more than half a million dollars in penalties since mid-March, in cases where workers have lost fingers on machinery that wasn’t kept safe by businesses. More >>

Death Puts Apprentice Safety In Focus Again

Friday, 10 May 2024, 12:04 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe New Zealand says urgent action is needed by the trades to take better care of apprentices, after the second court sentencing this year for a trainee killed on the job. More >>

Charges Over Schoolboy’s Caving Death

Monday, 6 May 2024, 4:17 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe New Zealand has charged the Whangārei Boys High School Board of Trustees for health and safety failures related to the death of a student a year ago. 15-year-old Karnin Petera died on a school trip to Abbey Caves on 9 May 2023. More >>

Mercury Commits To $1.15m Safety Spend

Tuesday, 9 April 2024, 11:22 am | WorkSafe NZ

A self-drive vehicle to enhance worker safety will be trialled by one of the country’s largest electricity providers, as part of a new agreement with WorkSafe New Zealand. Mercury NZ has signed the commitment in response to the uncontrolled release of geothermal ... More >>

WorkSafe Statement On Sentencing Of Whakaari Defendants

Friday, 1 March 2024, 12:44 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Steve Haszard, Chief Executive, WorkSafe New Zealand: “Just over four years ago when Whakaari erupted many lives were changed. The Court has now delivered sentences to those who failed their responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act ... More >>

Amputation Follows Forklift Trauma At Trade Depot

Wednesday, 28 February 2024, 1:22 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Businesses that contend with on-site traffic must learn from a collision that cost a woman her lower leg, WorkSafe New Zealand says. The woman was waiting to collect whiteware from the customer collections area outside Trade Depot in Onehunga, when ... More >>

Safety Boost For Police Speed Camera Operators

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 1:47 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe has accepted a binding commitment from the New Zealand Police to improve safety for speed camera operators, after one was critically injured in a high-speed collision on Auckland’s North Shore. The operator was thrown from his parked van ... More >>

Apprentice Builder Killed By Falling Framing

Thursday, 1 February 2024, 9:49 am | WorkSafe NZ

The death of a teenager on a Bay of Plenty building site is yet another example of why the construction sector needs to up its game, WorkSafe New Zealand says. Ethan Perham-Turner was killed when timber framing weighing 350 kilograms fell on him at ... More >>

No Place For Corner Cutting When Felling Trees

Friday, 26 January 2024, 4:31 pm | WorkSafe NZ

A business owner who put motorists at risk when felling trees has been criticised for his ‘dismissive attitude’ toward health and safety. Kevin Howard Stratford, who operates Stratford Logging, was convicted in the Nelson District Court this week. ... More >>

Worker Nearly Buried Alive In Trench Collapse

Thursday, 11 January 2024, 2:36 pm | WorkSafe NZ

A worker had to use his hands and a spade to dig his workmate free from 20 cubic metres of dirt when a trench they were excavating collapsed in the Waikato backblocks, in what WorkSafe says was a preventable incident. Two workers were on the job at ... More >>

Child Struck By Teen Forklift Driver

Friday, 15 December 2023, 9:47 am | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe is cautioning that worksites are not the place for childcare, in response to the case of a five-year-old being run over in a forklift incident at a Hawke’s Bay orchard. When childcare fell through, the boy was taken to the orchard in January ... More >>

Falling Beam Crushed Worker

Tuesday, 12 December 2023, 1:41 pm | WorkSafe NZ

The death of a 21-year-old in the construction sector shows how easily stopgap measures can endanger workers, WorkSafe New Zealand says. Aidan Paszczuk was removing steel beams when one fell and killed him at a Newmarket construction site in October 2021. ... More >>

Hand Injury Again Highlights Need To Train Staff To Keep Them Safe

Friday, 24 November 2023, 3:05 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe New Zealand says an incident where a worker was seriously injured underlines the importance of training staff to keep them safe. On 15 November 2021 a staff member with the Auckland International Airport Limited (AIAL) wildlife team was monitoring ... More >>

Asbestos Prosecutions Highlight Room To Improve

Wednesday, 22 November 2023, 11:55 am | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe New Zealand says two recent court cases show Aotearoa still has a long way to get asbestos management right. Asbestos remains the country’s number one work-related killer, with about 220 people dying each year from preventable asbestos-related ... More >>

Truck Driver Death Due To Poor Traffic Management

Thursday, 16 November 2023, 1:40 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Businesses need to keep their workers safe around vehicles and doing so can save lives, says WorkSafe New Zealand following the sentencing of a Southland business today. McLellan Freight Limited was contracted to load and unload palm kernel extract ... More >>

Worker’s Electric Shock Was Preventable

Monday, 13 November 2023, 5:52 pm | WorkSafe NZ

13 November 2023 An electric shock which cost an Auckland scaffolder both his arms could have been avoided if his employer had paid closer attention to who was authorised to do the work. Jahden Nelson was dismantling scaffolding in April 2022, when a steel ... More >>





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