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Asbestos Must Be Removed By A Licensed Removalist, Says WorkSafe

Thursday, 12 November 2020, 3:05 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Friable asbestos must only be removed by a licensed asbestos removalist, says WorkSafe. This messaging comes after an unlicensed South Island handyman removed friable asbestos and was fined $15,000 in the Christchurch District Court yesterday. Glenn Warwick ... More >>

Worker Suffers Chemical Burns At Metal Galvanising Plant

Monday, 2 November 2020, 11:36 am | WorkSafe NZ

When multiple businesses are carrying out work it is vital they communicate to ensure risks to workers’ health and safety is properly managed. This message from WorkSafe comes after a scaffold worker sustained serious chemical burns to his hands while ... More >>

Meerkats In Charge Of Sharing National Safety Message

Tuesday, 27 October 2020, 10:06 am | WorkSafe NZ

If you can sense it, you can stop it. That is the message behind WorkSafe New Zealand’s latest campaign, targeting workplaces with the aim of getting more people home healthy and safe. The message was inspired by meerkats and their ability to sense danger ... More >>

Defence Force Sentenced Over Diver Fatality

Friday, 16 October 2020, 6:22 pm | WorkSafe NZ

The Defence Force was sentenced at the Auckland District Court today for health and safety failings following the death of a trainee diver. In March 2019 a group of trainees was taking part in an 18 week advanced diving course. Following a full ... More >>

Toroawhi Pilot Extended For Forestry Workers

Thursday, 15 October 2020, 10:48 am | WorkSafe NZ

Forestry health, safety and wellbeing pilot, Toroawhi, has been given a six month extension following COVID-19 restrictions. The joint pilot between WorkSafe and the Forest Industry Safety Council saw the appointment of two “roving reps” in the ... More >>

Two Men Sentenced After Power Pole Comes Down In Wellington

Friday, 9 October 2020, 1:39 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Two men have been sentenced after poorly planned excavation work caused a power pole to fall onto a suburban road. Project manager Hayim Nahum engaged Kumar Vasist to install a retaining wall and construct a car deck at a property in Wellington ... More >>

Failure To Effectively Identify Risk Leads To Forestry Fatality

Thursday, 8 October 2020, 1:13 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Failure to effectively assess risks on a wood block resulted in the death of a forestry worker. Sullivan Contractors 2005 Limited was engaged to harvest a wood block by Asian Natural Resources Limited. On 15 May 2017 workers were felling trees on a wood ... More >>

WorkSafe Appoints National Manager Critical Response

Wednesday, 7 October 2020, 3:20 pm | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe has appointed Karl Maddaford as National Manager Critical Response. Mr Maddaford brings both national and international experience to the role, with a career including service with the United Nations and the New Zealand Defence Force, and ... More >>

Always Use The Right Machinery For The Job

Wednesday, 7 October 2020, 10:09 am | WorkSafe NZ

It is vital that businesses ensure workers have the right training and experience for the job at hand, especially when heavy machinery is involved. This messaging from WorkSafe comes after a 7.5 tonne roller operated by a worker slid over a steep ... More >>

Four Spring Fatalities A Sober Reminder For Farm Safety

Wednesday, 30 September 2020, 9:28 am | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe has been notified of four fatalities on New Zealand farms in September. Two involved tractors in Te Kuiti and Hastings, another involved a child in a dairy shed in Opotiki, and on Monday there was a quad bike rollover in Central Hawke’s ... More >>

Machine Guarding Separates People From Machinery

Tuesday, 29 September 2020, 12:19 pm | WorkSafe NZ

It is vital that machinery which requires human interaction is adequately guarded to protect workers from risk, says WorkSafe. This message comes after a worker for Kiwi Lumber suffered fatal chest injuries when she was pulled into machinery the ... More >>

Farmers Warned To Check Fuel Tanks After Driver Seriously Injured

Monday, 28 September 2020, 11:29 am | WorkSafe NZ

Farmers are being warned that poorly maintained tripod tanks are a serious health and safety risk to fuel users. The safety alert from the Fuel Distributors Industry Safety Committee and WorkSafe New Zealand follows a recent incident where a fuel ... More >>

Don’t Let Your Standards For Operating Machinery Slip

Wednesday, 16 September 2020, 11:03 am | WorkSafe NZ

Meat manufacturer Hellers Limited has been sentenced for health and safety failures at the Christchurch District Court this week after a worker lost four fingers in a machine used to process meat. During the March 2019 incident while cleaning the ... More >>

Businesses Must Ensure Machines Are Guarded To Highest Standard

Friday, 4 September 2020, 9:58 am | WorkSafe NZ

A worker who was seven weeks into his first job has been left unable to return to work after he lost three fingers and part of his palm as the result of a traumatic amputation in unguarded machinery. Yesterday, Taranaki Sawmills Limited was sentenced ... More >>

Christchurch Worker Left Paralysed After Fall From Unsafe Platform

Wednesday, 2 September 2020, 12:01 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Fundamentally, businesses need to ensure that plant is safe, says WorkSafe New Zealand. Having health and safety policies and procedures will not protect workers unless they’re fully and effectively implemented, so engineering controls have to be considered ... More >>

Traffic Management Could Have Prevented Triple Fatality

Monday, 24 August 2020, 9:40 am | WorkSafe NZ

There was no temporary traffic management in place when three workers were fatally injured in a roadside work incident in the Bay of Plenty in early 2019. There were also no procedures in place for assessing when, where or how temporary traffic management ... More >>

Worker Paralysed After Fall

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 2:17 pm | WorkSafe NZ

A worker who was paralysed in a four metre fall and will never walk again has been awarded over $400,000 in reparations and consequential loss. In a reserved decision released last week, Strings Attached Limited was ordered to pay the victim following ... More >>

Risk Posed By Powerlines Must Be Considered

Tuesday, 28 July 2020, 1:12 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Any business conducting work near live powerlines must consider the risk they pose as part of its safety planning, says WorkSafe. Logging company Mike Harris Earthmoving Limited was fined $100,000 at the Rotorua District Court on Friday after a worker ... More >>

Working On Slopes Needs Astute Risk Management

Tuesday, 21 July 2020, 4:55 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Working on slopes is a daily challenge for many New Zealand businesses navigating undulating terrain. WorkSafe says that a sentencing decision released this week in Wellington District Court is a reminder to all businesses working outdoors that things ... More >>

New Health And Māori Leads For WorkSafe New Zealand

Thursday, 16 July 2020, 11:17 am | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe has made two appointments to its leadership team to elevate its focus on reducing work-related health harm, and improve health and safety outcomes for Māori. WorkSafe Chief Executive Phil Parkes says the changes will improve how the organisation ... More >>