Latest Safety & HR News

The latest updates from the Regulator and in the HR space to keep you informed on safety and HR matters.  Our comments will advise you on what these changes mean for you and will inform you on what action you made need to consider taking.


19 November 2018

Branch punctures windscreen, injuring driver travelling Tauranga Expressway:

A man was left bleeding in a ditch after a log came flying through a windscreen on a highway outside Tauranga. 

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12 November 2018

The Death that Changed and Industry:

The death of kiwifruit sampler Yvonne Rogers in a quad bike accident sent shockwaves through the industry - four companies including Zespri charged with negligence. But only one was convicted, leaving Rogers' daughter feeling frustrated and angry. TONY WALL reports.

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12 November 2018

ISO 45001 Published as an AS/NZ Standard:

AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use, has officially been published by Standards Australia following discussions with industry and regulators across Australia and New Zealand.

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01 October 2018

Paying for Daylight Saving:

Several employees had been told by unions and their bosses that when daylight saving came into effect they had to work the extra hour to make up for the hour lost when clocks moved forward on Sunday morning.

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28 September 2018

Inadequate machine guarding leads to hand amputation:

Machine guarding failures in the meat processing industry are continuing to cause life-changing injuries to workers.

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27 September 2018

Complacency over Chemical use Leaves Worker without an Eye:

A worker had to have his eye removed after an incident involving a corrosive cleaning product at a Tauranga mussel processing plant.

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27 September 2018

Lax Approach to Forestry Operation Leaves Worker Injured:

Rotorua based logging operator Cropp Logging was sentenced in the Tauranga District Court today after an incident where a worker was struck by a tumbling log.

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27 September 2018

Is my Worker a Contractor or an Employee?:

For small to medium businesses employing or contracting staff can be a minefield.  The law relies on the true nature of the relationship to determine if a person is an employee or a contractor. Getting it wrong could be expensive.

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27 September 2018

Latest out of Australia:

The Australian safety environment is changing and the question is will New Zealand follow suit?  

 

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02 August 2018

Can I, Should I?:

Many employers struggle with how to deal with harassment and bullying in the workplace.  The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (The Act) gives them the ability to do so.

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30 July 2018

Leave for Victims of Domestic Abuse Passed into Law:

This change amends the Domestic Violence Act 1995, Employment Relations Act 2000, Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, Holidays Act 2003, and Human Rights Act 1993 with a view to enhancing legal protections for victims of domestic violence.

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23 July 2018

WorkSafe accepts enforceable undertakings from Plunket Electrical Oamaru and McConnell Dowell Constructors:

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22 June 2018

Business owner banned from employing staff after serious breaches:

A Christchurch business owner has been banned from hiring staff for three years after he was found to have intentionally and persistently breached employment law.

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18 June 2018

"Do Everything for me Please":

Can a company director get a safety service provider to do everything for them?  This is a requirement often posed to me.  This article explores the limits that a safety service provider can support small companies to meet their due diligence requirements. 

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13 June 2018

WorkSafe accepts enforceable undertaking from Dongwha New Zealand:

We have accepted an enforceable undertaking from fibreboard manufacturing company Dongwha New Zealand Limited, following an incident in December 2016 where a worker’s arm was drawn into a piece of machinery.

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13 June 2018

Ten top employment law changes for 2018:

New Year is often a time for reflection and preparation, looking to the year ahead and what it will bring.

For employers, the pace of change in workplace relations is likely to ramp up, with Labour indicating a raft of changes to take effect in its first year in office.

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13 June 2018

Asbestos removal not just a risk for the worker:

Almost 50 years after New Zealand businesses working in and around construction were first made aware of the risks of asbestos, removal of the cancer causing material is still not being managed effectively.

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13 June 2018

Kids and quads a lethal combination:

A young boy had a lucky escape after he fell from a quad bike and was run over by the equipment being towed behind it. WorkSafe says it is a reminder for farmers and families to ensure they are keeping kids off adult sized quad bikes, as riders or passengers.

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13 June 2018

WorkSafe accepts enforceable undertaking from Fletcher Construction:

We have accepted an enforceable undertaking from Fletcher Construction Company Limited, following an incident in May 2016 where a worker was injured by a temporary wall which collapsed following a high-rain event.

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13 June 2018

Unintended track movement due to remote control unit failure:

There have been two recent incidents involving remote control unit failure in mining and quarrying operations that WorkSafe wishes to bring to the attention of the sector. There was no harm caused in either occasion but the potential is high for injuries should recommended steps below not be followed.

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21 May 2018

WOW.. I Got That One Wrong!!:

Even trained and safety conscious people sometimes get it wrong

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17 May 2018

Mining company sentenced after worker death:

Critical risks in workplaces must not only be identified, but also managed effectively.

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17 May 2018

Tractor driver had worked almost 200 hours in the fortnight leading up to his death:

Fatigue from long hours of work must not compromise worker safety.

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17 May 2018

The importance of understanding 'cause' when a safety event occurs:

How many safety incidents happen where there is no action taken to understand why.  Not investigation is a lost opportunity.

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17 May 2018

Asbestos removal not just a risk for the worker:

Almost 50 years after New Zealand businesses working in and around construction were first made aware of the risks of asbestos, removal of the cancer causing material is still not being managed effectively.

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17 May 2018

WE ARE REBRANDING:

Hauraki Health and Safety is changing.

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26 April 2018

When is a Safety System not a Safety System?:

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26 April 2018

Why Do I Need a Safety System?:

Many small to medium business for good reason do the minimum they can to be compliant.  But at what point is this approach actually costing money? Why do small and medim companies need a safety system of some form? Read on.

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24 February 2018

New ISO 45001 Standard to be Released on 15 Mar 18:

The long awaited ISO 45001 standard is to be released on 15 March 2018.

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24 February 2018

Employment Relations Amendment Bill:

As expected the Bill deals with matters identified as part of the Government’s ‘first 100 days’ programme. 

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24 February 2018

Playing down workplace incidents doesn’t pay:

WorkSafe is warning businesses not to play down notifiable events in their workplaces.

Trade Depot Ltd appeared in Auckland District Court in December following an incident where more than 200kg of plasterboard fell on a worker in Takanini. The Court has since released its sentencing decision on the matter.

 

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24 January 2018

Use the gear you’ve got:

Safety gear is no good when it is sitting in your vehicle – and it needs to be used properly.

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24 January 2018

Keep fatigue out of the workplace:

It’s a shock to the system going back to work after the holidays, particularly after a couple of weeks off over Christmas. It’s a good time to remember to look after yourself and keep getting enough sleep as the likelihood of a work-related incident can be higher if you are fatigued.

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30 October 2017

WorkSafe accepts Enforceable Undertaking from Zespri International Ltd:

WorkSafe New Zealand has accepted an enforceable undertaking from Zespri International Limited, following a fatal quad bike incident on a Tauranga orchard in May 2016.

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25 October 2017

Construction company sentenced for fall from height:

WorkSafe New Zealand is reminding workplaces to ensure their workers are using their health and safety equipment correctly.

This comment follows the sentencing of McKee-Fehl Constructors Limited today in Wellington District Court.

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OSACO Partners
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Buchanan Painting and Waterblasting
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