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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 >>

Unsafe Machine Cost Worker His Arm

Thursday, 19 October 2023, 3:58 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe New Zealand is again warning businesses to be on alert for the dangers of moving machinery, after a worker had his arm amputated on the job at a concrete manufacturer in Manawatū. The victim was working at Dunlop Drymix Limited in Feilding ... More >>

Runaway Trailer Involved In Road Fatality

Wednesday, 18 October 2023, 11:01 am | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe is warning businesses of the catastrophic consequences that can result from failing to undertake routine safety checks on trailers. This follows the death of 52-year-old Julian Bruins Yates, whose van was struck when a trailer detached ... More >>

New Chief Executive For WorkSafe

Wednesday, 4 October 2023, 4:09 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe New Zealand Board Chair Jennifer Kerr has announced the appointment of Steve Haszard as the organisation’s next Chief Executive. Mr Haszard will start with WorkSafe on Monday October 9 for a term of up to 18 months. “Following the ... More >>

Back-breaking Demolition Case A Credit To Victim’s Tenacity

Monday, 25 September 2023, 7:55 pm | WorkSafe NZ

The need to protect workers, and to be clear about health and safety practices on work sites, are lessons from a botched demolition that severely injured a labour hire worker in Auckland two years ago. The worker, Mosese Foketi, was employed to ... More >>

WorkSafe Chief Executive Standing Down

Thursday, 21 September 2023, 2:19 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe New Zealand Board Chair Jennifer Kerr has today announced the resignation of Chief Executive Phil Parkes. “Phil has been a strong voice for the need to collectively prioritise health and safety,” says Ms Kerr. “It has been clear to me in interactions ... More >>

Preventable Injury Puts Seasonal Worker Safety In Focus

Monday, 4 September 2023, 1:22 pm | WorkSafe NZ

A teenage worker needed three fingers partly amputated when his summer holiday job went horribly wrong in a workplace incident with a leading stone fruit producer in Central Otago. Matthew Nevill, who was 19 at the time, was trying to fix a chain ... More >>

Fatal Ruapehu Bus Crash Was Avoidable

Wednesday, 23 August 2023, 6:21 pm | WorkSafe NZ

The importance of vehicle maintenance and driver training have been laid bare at the court sentencing for a deadly bus crash half a decade ago at Mt Ruapehu. 11-year-old Hannah Francis was killed and several others seriously injured when the bus, owned ... More >>

Sand Boarding Death Puts Sad New Perspective On Customer Care

Tuesday, 22 August 2023, 3:23 pm | WorkSafe NZ

The health and safety of customers must be a priority for businesses, WorkSafe New Zealand says, in light of an horrific sand boarding incident which killed a tourist on a family holiday in the Far North. Jin Chang Oh was boarding the giant sand dunes ... More >>





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