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Failure to ensure simple safety measures, such as machine guarding and supervision are in place, has left a worker with severe injuries after his arm got caught in a machine used to shred tyres Waste Management NZ Limited specialises in waste and environmental services and has sites across the country. Continue →
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Two companies have been fined over $400,000 after their failure to communicate had workers on scaffolding above an open tank of caustic soda Perry Metal Protection Limited run a steel galvanising business and Total Access Limited provide access equipment including scaffolding. Continue →
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The Defence Force has been fined $288,750 after not following health and safety guidelines, resulting in the death of a trainee diver during an advanced diving course   In March 2019 a group of trainees was taking part in an 18 week advanced diving course. Continue →
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Close to $100,000 in fines were handed out after three workers suffered electric shocks in two separate incidents at the same worksite Thor Electrical was engaged by a construction company to complete electrical work at a commercial property site in Henderson, Auckland. Continue →
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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 tanker driver was seriously injured on a farm where a tripod overhead tank collapsed while he was filling it. Continue →
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A company has been ordered to pay out over $250,000 after a worker lost three fingers and part of his palm as the result of a traumatic amputation in unguarded machinery, just seven weeks into his first job In February 2018 the worker was operating a large finger-jointing machine when it became jammed. Continue →
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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 machine a worker reached in to clear meat from between a rotating paddle and the inside wall of the machine, when his fingers became caught. Continue →
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Logging company Mike Harris Earthmoving Limited was fined $100,000 at the Rotorua District Court after a worker suffered burns from an electric shock that left them without full use of their right hand Any business conducting work near live powerlines must consider the risk they pose as part of its safety planning, says WorkSafe. Continue →
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Strings Attached Limited was ordered to pay over $400,000 in reparations and consequential loss to a worker who was paralysed in a four metre fall and will never walk again In a reserved decision released last week, Strings Attached Limited was ordered to pay the victim following the incident in East Tamaki in November 2017. Continue →
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A sentencing decision released this week which almost cost a company $450,000 is a reminder to all businesses working outdoors that things can go wrong, with tragic outcomes Working on slopes is a daily challenge for many New Zealand businesses navigating undulating terrain. Continue →
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All machinery should work safely, even if staff do not comply with rules for safe operation, says the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) after a worker became trapped in still-working machinery that was behind safety guards The accident occurred in the very early hours of 14 November 2018 on the fish processing line of the NZ-registered deep-sea factory trawler San Granit, while it was trawling about 102 km east of Banks Peninsula. Continue →
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Failure to clearly communicate health and safety responsibilities has seen a company fined $281,250 after a migrant worker was crushed by a trailer When employing migrant workers it is vital to ensure they clearly understand health and safety risks and the measures in place to control them. Continue →
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WorkSafe is reminding everyone that children are always at risk on worksites, after an unsupported stack of wood collapsed on a three-year-old   In March 2016 a three-year-old boy was visiting his father for lunch at a Timaru lumber yard. Continue →
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A mechanics workshop has dodged a $400,000 fine after an untrained worker was crushed by the truck he was working on It was the young worker’s second day on the job as a trainee and he had been left unsupervised at the time of the incident. Continue →
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