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An electrical worker has been prosecuted for failing to test prescribed electrical work he had completed that ultimately resulted in a fatality The electrical worker was prosecuted by WorkSafe – Energy Safety under s163C of the Electricity Act 1992 and sentenced in the Nelson District Court to eight months home detention and ordered to pay $150k in reparation. Continue →
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Trade Depot has been ordered to pay out almost $500,000 after it was found no plan was in place to keep pedestrians and moving vehicles separate The customer was waiting to collect whiteware from the customer collections area outside Trade Depot in Onehunga, when she was struck by a forklift in August 2022. Continue →
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After a New Zealand Police employee was critically injured in a high-speed collision, WorkSafe has accepted an enforceable undertaking which will see the organisation take steps to improve safety WorkSafe has accepted a binding commitment from the New Zealand Police to improve safety for Traffic Camera Operators (TCO), after one was critically injured in a high-speed collision on Auckland’s North Shore. Continue →
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When there is no obvious safe way to work, it’s best to stop, reassess, and involve experts to develop a new approach – rather than attempting to adapt things on the fly, says WorkSafe’s area investigation manager, Danielle Henry The death of a 21-year-old in the construction sector shows how easily stopgap measures can endanger workers. Continue →
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Extremely poor on-site safety has been deemed the cause of an incident which nearly buried a worker alive, leaving him injured both physically and mentally Two workers were on a job at a farm near Te Kuiti in February 2021. Continue →
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A worker suffered laceration to their palm and loss of two of fingertips as a result of inadequate training, WorkSafe has found, which has entered into an Enforceable Undertaking with the worker’s employer WorkSafe New Zealand says an incident where a worker was seriously injured underlines the importance of training staff to keep them safe. Continue →
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Businesses have an obligation to keep people safe around vehicles in the workplace, says WorkSafe New Zealand following the sentencing of a Southland business McLellan Freight Limited was contracted to load and unload palm kernel extract at a warehouse leased from South Port in Bluff. Continue →
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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 from a work vehicle in October 2020 on Weka Pass Road in Canterbury. Continue →
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Dunlop Drymix Limited has been fined $297,000 for its health and safety shortfalls, notably its failure to have a working emergency stop switch for dangerous machinery 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. Continue →
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The death of an experienced skier has been put down to an operator’s risk assessment failures, serving as a reminder to all businesses to always fulfill their health and safety obligations, no matter a person’s experience 60-year-old Anita Graf-Russell died of blunt force trauma, after colliding with a wooden fence post at the bottom of Sugar’s Run in September 2019. Continue →
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Two fatalities, a serious injury and three high risk incidents in just over a month highlight the health and safety mistakes still being made in workplaces Last month saw two worker deaths involving vehicles and two serious incidents involving dangerous gasses, while there was also a serious injury incident the previous month. Continue →
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A teenage worker needed three fingers partly amputated when his summer holiday job went horribly wrong Matthew Nevill, who was 19 at the time, was trying to fix a chain on a conveyor belt at Clyde Orchards in February 2021, when his hands were drawn into the machine. Continue →
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The importance of vehicle maintenance and driver training have been laid bare at the court sentencing for a deadly bus crash 11-year-old Hannah Francis was killed and several others seriously injured when the bus, owned and operated by Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Limited (RAL), crashed while descending the Ohakune Mountain Road on 28 July 2018. Continue →
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Poor risk management and a lack of worker engagement have been identified as factors in the death of an East Coast freezing worker, who was crushed by a falling steel frame full of offal cartons Alfred Edwards was attempting to free a jammed carton in a blast freezer at AFFCO’s Wairoa plant in February 2020, when a frame fell and fatally crushed him. Continue →
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Though the machine had undergone significant safety modifications, it was still not compliant with New Zealand safety standards and the responsible parties were found liable for a worker’s injury A multinational company has been sentenced after a worker’s arm got caught in a bark-stripping machine, which did not have the appropriate safeguards for New Zealand use. Continue →
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A Hawke’s Bay meatworks faces costs of $328,000 after being sentenced for poor training and supervision Poor training and supervision contributed to a worker having his hand seriously injured on unsafe machinery at a Hawke’s Bay meatworks, which has now been sentenced. Continue →
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