Health and Safety

News about health and safety issues in New Zealand workplaces.

Port Health and Safety in NZ

Port operations provides one of the most challenging and complex work environments from a health and safety perspective in New Zealand. A lot of people working for different organisations, using large machinery and vehicles, with tight deadlines are working fast and hard in a confined geographical footprint. The addition...

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Fatal pipeline blast – company fined

Philomen Gulland - a life lost in an unnecessary tragedy. A piping firm has been fined over a fatal pipeline explosion in Onehunga, Auckland. The June 2011 blast killed one worker and left another a double amputee. Canadian Pacific Ltd was today sentenced to pay $55,250 after being found guilty of...

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Port worker injured by falling container

A Lyttelton Port Company worker, who wished to remain anonymous, said the injured driver had pulled a stack of seven shipping containers down, with one crushing the cab of his forklift. "You could certainly hear when that container came down. The noise is what got our attention." The driver, aged in...

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Health and Safety at Work Act – beware the circling sharks

The imminent introduction of the Health and Safety Reform Bill in the Parliamentary select committee process will sharpen senior management focus on what this means for the organisations they manage. There has already been a lot of hype generated by politicians and the mainstream media putting the wind up...

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Briscoes fined after customer trips over box

Briscoe Group has been fined $75,000 plus reparations after a customer tripped over a carton in the aisle of the Manukau Briscoes Homeware store in December last year. Briscoes was ordered to pay fines to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and $4000 in reparations to the customer,...

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Security firm ‘not guilty’ over employee death

A young man let down by his employer and now the courts.CNE Security the company that employed murdered security guard Charanpreet Dhaliwal is not responsible for his death, the Waitakere District Court has ruled. Dhaliwal was killed on his first night on the job as a security guard in...

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Lightning hits work vehicle

File photoA Gisborne motorist says she was more worried about damage to her work vehicle than to herself when the car was struck by lightning in yesterday's thunderstorm. Janine Ehu and her passenger were driving down Childers Road about 3.30pm when they saw a bright light hit the bonnet of...

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ACC makes massive $4.9 billion surplus

We are just like a real insurance company now. We make huge profits by not paying out claims.The Accident Compensation Corporation has reported a huge surplus of $4.9 billion, which is set to boost the Government's books an extra $324 million boost. Speaking at release of its annual report, Chairwoman...

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