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UK HSE boss to be new Acting Chief Exec of WorkSafe New Zealand

30 July 2013 The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Acting Chief Executive, Greg Patchell, is pleased to announce the appointment of Geoffrey Podger as the Acting Chief Executive-Designate for WorkSafe New Zealand. Mr Podger’s role will be to assist MBIE and the Establishment Board to create WorkSafe New Zealand as a separate entity, […]

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NZ Workplace Health and Safety Reform

7th August 2013 The Government has announced the most significant reform of New Zealand’s workplace health and safety system in 20 years. ‘Working Safer: a blueprint for health and safety at work’ is the Government’s response to the recommendations of the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety set up in April 2012, partially in […]

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Ministry release Guidelines for NZ Company Directors on H&S responsibilities

21st May 2013 An important resource for company directors, and part of the Ministry’s work to implement recommendations from the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy, is now available. Guidelines for NZ Company Directors The Good Governance Practices Guideline for Managing Health and Safety Risks was developed jointly by the Ministry and […]

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NZ Grain Silo Operator fined for worker injury

20th August 2013 A worker who was seriously injured in a NZ grain silo accident in October last year has been awarded $26,000 in emotional harm reparations and his employer, NZ Starch Ltd of Onehunga, fined $35,000. The company had already paid nearly $20,000 to the victim. NZ Starch had previously pleaded guilty to one […]

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WorkSafe New Zealand to be established

The Government is establishing WorkSafe New Zealand, a stand-alone Crown Agent, as part of its reform of the New Zealand workplace health and safety system. It is expected WorkSafe New Zealand to be established by December 2013, depending on passage of the legislation through Parliament. The creation of a stand-alone health and safety regulatory agency […]

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Worksafe Inspection Inspections focus on Automotive Repairs

25th July 2013…WorkSafe is conducting an inspection program to look at safety standards in automotive repair workplaces. The program will continue throughout the 2013/14 financial year, and will focus on workplaces that carry out automotive body, paint and interior repairs. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the sector was being targeted because it had a […]

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Company Sentenced after Southwest Plant Explosion

20th August 2013…Carpenter Mine Management was fined $100,000 at Bunbury Magistrate’s Court today, after a worker was injured during a 2008 explosion at a South West trial coal drying and char plant. Electrical contractor Anthony Eames, who was 61 years old at the time of the incident, suffered severe burns to the upper part of […]

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Worker in Truck Roll-Over

13th June 2013…South African mining giant Gold Fields has come under fire from the State’s top safety watchdog after two workers have been seriously injured at the company’s St Ives operations this week. A contractor was being treated in Kalgoorlie Hospital late yesterday with “multiple fractures” after being involved in a truck rollover at the […]

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Safety Related Red Tape is a ‘Necessary Evil’

25th April 2013…Former Hockeyroos star and risk management expert Megan Rivers says mountains of safety-related red tape for miners are a necessary evil as the WA mining industry aims for another fatality-free year. The dual Olympian was in Kalgoorlie-Boulder last week as part of her new role with Ausdrill’s risk and audit team, touring the […]

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