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Asbestos - Safety management system on a page

To clear up confusion on what a safety management system is, Worksafe have created a visual one-page graphic that helps make it easy to see what’s required. The term safety management system conjures up images of a complex document that is in addition to the work that you already may do. But if you look at the graphic you’ll see that the majority of the system is made up of the plans, procedures and tasks you do already. The document was produced off the OHSAS 18001 standard but applies just...

September 21, 2017

SAFETY ALERT - Dangers of entering grain silos

This Safety Alert highlights the serious health and safety risks of entering and working in a grain silo. What happened? A worker was trapped in grain when an unloading auger was turned on while the worker was inside a grain silo.The incident occurred when two workers were working inside the silo and a third worker started up the auger, causing the grain to move. The first worker sank into  the grain and became trapped. The second worker went for help. By the time the second worker ret...

September 21, 2017

Lack of sleep could affect your safety at work

Daylight Saving this weekend is a good time to check on the amount of sleep you are getting to keep yourself and others healthy and safe as you work, says WorkSafe Chief Executive Nicole Rosie.“People who are tired and fatigued are 30% more likely to have an accident. Both businesses and workers have a responsibility to manage fatigue and the risks that arise from it.“Work and personal demands can often make it difficult to get the sleep we need to function safely throughout the day,” Ms R...

September 21, 2017

First sentencing under the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015

Below is the details of the first sentencing under the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015.  I really thought there would have been more media hype over the first prosecution.  It seems that the companies ability to pay the fine was a big factor in the final penalty been set.  In my opinion, I also believe that many businesses (especially small businesses) couldn't sustain a large fine, so I'm wondering if an increase in penalties was worth it!  Full media release is below... th...

September 14, 2017

New Health and Safety Association Launched

A new umbrella association for workplace health and safety professions in New Zealand has been established. The Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ) was launched on 10 September 2014 in Auckland by George Adams, Chair of the Independent Forestry Safety Review and of the Occupational Health Advisory Group set up by WorkSafe NZ. HASANZ aims to raise professional standards across the occupational health and safety sector to provide healthier and safer workplaces for New Zealan...

September 17, 2014

No excuse for failing to reduce risk of falls

Auckland company CMP Construction Limited has been fined $30,000 and ordered to pay reparation of $10,000 after an employee of a sub-contractor fell from a height of five metres. Mohammad Ouzoun suffered multiple fractures and significant head injuries after the fall in August 2013, and suffers ongoing medical effects including headaches and amnesia. Mr Ouzoun was installing the supporting frame for the roof of a new retirement home in Albany when he stepped on a piece of timber that had ...

September 16, 2014

Fertiliser company fined after worker loses finger

Ravensdown Fertiliser Co-operative Limited has been fined $33,000 and ordered to pay reparation of $5,000 after an employee’s hand was pulled into a machine in its Napier packing plant. In November 2013, Ravensdown storeperson Jackson Hawea, had the little finger on his left hand amputated to the first knuckle after it got caught in a ‘tripper’ machine. Mr Hawea was attempting to fix a fault in the machine by applying tension to a wire cable in the tripper room. The machine was in o...

September 16, 2014

Fine after worker hurt by inadequate guarding

Waikato based Industrial Tube Manufacturing Company Limited has been fined $39,375 and ordered to pay reparations of $15,000 over an accident involving a modified machine for shaping steel tubing. Jonathan Vink was contracted to work as a general machine operator at Industrial Tube’s Hamilton manufacturing base in October 2013. He had his index finger amputated above the first joint after it was crushed in a ‘swaging machine.’ His hand was near the moving parts of the machine when he ...

September 16, 2014

Hefty fines over forklift accident

Three companies have been fined a total of almost $120,000 dollars and ordered to pay combined reparation of $20,000 after a woman was struck by a reversing forklift at a kiwifruit pack house at Mount Maunganui. Erica Machado, 33, suffered a fractured ankle which required pins inserted in it as well as a large laceration to one of her legs in the May 2013 accident. She had been straightening rows of boxes in an area of the pack house designated for the assembly of kiwifruit packaging trays ...

September 16, 2014

Workers death results in hefty fine

Concrete manufacturing company, Busck Prestressed Concrete Limited, has been fined $70,000 and ordered to pay reparation of $60,000 after the death of worker who was run over by a 6.5 tonne telehandler. Anthony Wells was run over by the telehandler (which was configured as a forklift) in the front yard of the company’s Christchurch factory in the early hours of February 25 2013. He died from his injuries within a few minutes. After the incident the telehandler was inspected and multiple ...

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