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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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WorkSafe has accepted an Enforceable Undertaking (EU) from Hawke’s Bay District Health Board following a 2018 accident in which a patient fell from a patient lifter while being transferred from an air ambulance to a road ambulance Head of Specialist Interventions for Worksafe Simon Humphries says the DHB had proposed a series of commitments within their application that would help ensure the incident would not happen again, not just in Hawke’s Bay but New Zealand wide. Continue →
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Mangere based company Guru NZ Limited has been ordered to pay a fine of $330,750 plus $110,000 in reparations after a worker suffered fatal crushing injuries At the time of the incident the victim was helping a colleague to close doors on a container filled with logs for export. Continue →
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The completion of an Enforceable Undertaking (EU) by Woods Glass has highlighted some of the benefits of the WorkSafe enforcement tool that serves as an alternative to prosecution In 2018 a Woods Glass worker suffered crushing injuries to their leg while operating a glass cutting machine. Continue →
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WorkSafe has accepted an enforceable undertaking from building company Stevenson and Williams Limited and another from Bramwell Scaffolding Limited that will cost both companies almost $200,000 The victim (an employee of another PCBU, subcontracted to Bramwell Scaffolding Ltd who, in turn, were contracted by Stevenson and Williams Ltd) was working at height on a scaffold, when he fell approximately 3.5 metres to the ground, hitting his head and losing consciousness. Continue →
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WorkSafe is reminding companies to ensure the contractors they employ are competent for the job at hand after an inexperienced forestry worker was hit by a falling tree Central Siteworks Limited (in liquidation) was sentenced at the Waitakere District Court for failing to ensure a worker was safe while felling trees. Continue →
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