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HSE News New Zealand – USSA Global http://www.ussaglobal.com 100% Safe Always Wed, 22 Aug 2018 07:52:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.16 Fertiliser Company Fined Over Employee Finger Loss http://www.ussaglobal.com/fertiliser-company-fined-employee-finger-loss/ Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:04:19 +0000 http://www.ussaglobal.com/?p=1828 29 August 2014 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 […]

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29 August 2014

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 operation at the time and the cable tightened itself as he touched it. The wire caught his hand and as he tried to pull it out the tip of his left little finger was sliced off.

A WorkSafe New Zealand investigation found that the machine was not adequately guarded to prevent workers accessing dangerous moving parts in the tripper room.

Ravensdown was convicted at the Napier District Court under Section 6 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of its employees.

WorkSafe New Zealand’s Chief Inspector Keith Stewart says the loss of Mr Hawea’s finger was completely avoidable.

“Ravensdown is a major New Zealand company. Its health and safety systems should have identified this hazard and proper guarding should have been put in place to minimise the risk.

“Proper guarding of the dangerous moving parts of machines is basic stuff. Ravensdown should have ensured that guarding in the tripper room was up to scratch and in line with the Safety of Machinery Standards,” says Keith Stewart.

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South island company fined over rock crusher accident http://www.ussaglobal.com/south-island-company-fined-rock-crusher-accident/ Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:59:36 +0000 http://www.ussaglobal.com/?p=1824 11 July 2014  South Island company Solly’s Freight Limited has been fined $52,000 and ordered to pay $15,000 in reparation after one of its workers suffered serious injuries when his arm got caught in a rock crusher machine. William Clark was working as a labourer at a plant run by a company associated to Solly’s […]

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11 July 2014  South Island company Solly’s Freight Limited has been fined $52,000 and ordered to pay $15,000 in reparation after one of its workers suffered serious injuries when his arm got caught in a rock crusher machine.

William Clark was working as a labourer at a plant run by a company associated to Solly’s Freight, Golden Bay Dolomite Limited, in August last year when the incident occurred. He was attempting to clear debris away from one of the conveyor belts on a rock crusher when his glove got caught and his arm was dragged into the drum roller.

Mr Clark suffered cuts, crushing, a dislocated shoulder and a fracture to his upper arm.

Solly’s Freight pleaded guilty to two charges under the Health and Safety in Employment Act (sections 6 and 50) of failing to take all practicable steps to ensure Mr Clark’s safety at work. The company was sentenced today at the Nelson District Court.

WorkSafe New Zealand’s Chief Inspector, Keith Stewart, says the rock crusher should have had guards in place to prevent access to the dangerous parts of the machine while it was in operation.

WorkSafe NZ placed a prohibition notice on the use of the machine following the incident. Appropriate guards were subsequently put in place, and the notice was then lifted.

“Solly’s Freight also let itself and its workers down by not ensuring it had an effective hazard identification process in place.

“Mr Clark was never shown the standard operating procedures for the rock crusher or the manufacturer’s brochure. And he was not aware of any written procedures for the operation of the machine or the identification of its hazards.

“All companies – particularly those with dangerous machinery – need to make sure they systematically identify and manage health and safety risks,” says Keith Stewart.

To read the full article, click here: http://www.business.govt.nz/worksafe/news/releases/2014/company-fined-over-rock-crusher-accident

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Auckland Roofers fined for Inadequate Scaffolding http://www.ussaglobal.com/auckland-roofers-fined-inadequate-scaffolding/ Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:58:06 +0000 http://www.ussaglobal.com/?p=1822 16 July 2014  An Auckland roofing company has been convicted and fined for failing to ensure it had adequate measures in place to protect its workers from the risk of falling from a second-story roof. WorkSafe New Zealand prosecuted Eden Homes Development after its employees Wei Qiang Sun and Ming Han were seen installing a […]

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16 July 2014  An Auckland roofing company has been convicted and fined for failing to ensure it had adequate measures in place to protect its workers from the risk of falling from a second-story roof.

WorkSafe New Zealand prosecuted Eden Homes Development after its employees Wei Qiang Sun and Ming Han were seen installing a roof in Glenfield without adequate edge-protection to help prevent falls. No accident actually occurred.

Eden Homes Development was yesterday fined $15,000 at the North Shore District Court for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of its employees.

Scaffolding at the site was incomplete, and only provided protection for the first level of the construction site. It was arranged by the homeowner, not Eden Homes Development.

WorkSafe NZ’s Chief Investigator, Keith Stewart, says making the pair work at height without the appropriate scaffolding put them at real and unacceptable risk.

“Eden Homes Development should have ensured the scaffolding and edge protection was complete and adequate before allowing work to commence. The contract for the project should either have included the provision of scaffolding by the company, or required the homeowner to install it before work could begin.

“What is more, the company also failed to provide its workers with any other equipment to protect them and minimise the risk of falls in the absence of proper edge protection.

“Eden Homes Development also should have had a clear policy that employees will not carry out work at height if edge or fall protection is not in place. Quite simply, the company failed its workers.

“It was only a matter of good luck rather than good management that no-one was hurt in this case. This prosecution serves as a strong reminder to everyone in the building industry of the importance of ensuring they have proper protections in place before beginning any work at height,” says Keith Stewart.

To read the full article, click here: http://www.business.govt.nz/worksafe/news/releases/2014/inadequate-scaffolding-leads-to-fine

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Rotorua Forestry death an avoidable tragedy http://www.ussaglobal.com/rotorua-forestry-death-avoidable-tragedy/ Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:45:15 +0000 http://www.ussaglobal.com/?p=1820 13 August 2014  A logging company director, Major Nelson, has been fined $35,000 and ordered to pay $15,000 in reparation over the death of a worker who was killed by a falling tree. Robert Ruri-Epapara was working as part of a Complete Logging Limited logging crew at Waione Forest near Rotorua in March 2013 when […]

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13 August 2014  A logging company director, Major Nelson, has been fined $35,000 and ordered to pay $15,000 in reparation over the death of a worker who was killed by a falling tree.

Robert Ruri-Epapara was working as part of a Complete Logging Limited logging crew at Waione Forest near Rotorua in March 2013 when he was fatally injured by a falling tree cut down by Major Nelson.

Mr Nelson was the crew’s foreman and was operating a Timberjack machine, which is a tracked excavator with an attachment used for felling trees. It is also used as an anchor point for cables used to haul logs up a slope.

Mr Nelson was attempting to manoeuvre the Timberjack onto a level position so it could be used as an anchor point, and decided to fell some trees that were in his way. He was unable to see Mr Ruri-Epapara, who was working without any radio communications on a steep slope with thick undergrowth.

Mr Nelson contacted another worker with a radio who could see up the slope to try to check on Mr Ruri-Epapara’s location. It is unclear exactly what Mr Nelson was told, but his understanding was that the slope was clear. He went ahead and cut down a tree which struck Mr Ruri-Epapara and another tree which also toppled over.

The fact that a second tree had fallen alerted Mr Nelson to the fact that someone may have been working in the area. He stopped the machine and went to check the area. When he found Mr Ruri-Epapara he began CPR but when emergency services arrived they confirmed his injuries were fatal.

Major Nelson was convicted under sections 19(b) and 50(1)(a) of the Health and Safety in Employment Act of failing to take all practicable steps as an employee to ensure that no action of his while at work caused harm to another person.

WorkSafe New Zealand’s chief investigator, Keith Stewart, says Mr Ruri-Epapara’s death was a tragedy that could have been avoided if the Code of Practice for Safety and Health in Forest Operations had been followed.

“Mr Nelson should have established the location of Mr Ruri-Epapara before he moved the Timberjack machine into his work area and began bringing down trees.

“Mr Nelson should also have made Mr Ruri-Epapara aware of what he was doing with the Timberjack so that he could move into a safe zone, at least two full tree lengths away from the tree being felled.

“Forestry as an inherently dangerous industry, and the Code of Practice is designed to save lives. There is no room for short-cuts and a ‘she’ll be right’ attitude. As foreman Major Nelson should have known better,” says Keith Stewart.

To read the full article, click here: http://www.business.govt.nz/worksafe/news/releases/2014/forestry-death-an-avoidable-tragedy

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Feedback wanted on development of NZ HS@W Regs http://www.ussaglobal.com/feedback-wanted-on-development-of-nz-hsw-regs/ Thu, 22 May 2014 06:03:14 +0000 http://www.ussaglobal.com/?p=1760 A discussion document outlining proposals for new health and safety regulations has been released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The discussion paper – Developing regulations to support the new Health and Safety at Work Act – is part of the Government’s Working Safer package of reforms, which aims to reduce New Zealand’s […]

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A discussion document outlining proposals for new health and safety regulations has been released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

The discussion paper – Developing regulations to support the new Health and Safety at Work Act – is part of the Government’s Working Safer package of reforms, which aims to reduce New Zealand’s workplace serious injury and death toll of 25 per cent by 2020.

The Health and Safety Reform Bill currently before Select Committee will, if enacted, create the Health and Safety at Work Act. The regulations proposed in the discussion document would support the new Act.

MBIE requires feedback on the regulations to ensure the new health and safety framework is practical and robust.

To tell us what you think of the proposals in the discussion paper:

  1. Download the discussion paper, either in full or in part by chapter. In all instances, please download Chapter 1, as it contains important background information applying to all the other chapters.
  2. Download a submission form.
  3. Email your completed submission form to HSWregs@mbie.govt.nz by no later than Friday 18th July 2014.

MBIE will review and consider submissions before seeking Cabinet approval for the final content of regulations.

Source: http://www.mbie.govt.nz/about-us/consultation/development-of-regulations-to-support-the-new-health-and-safety-at-work-act

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Safe clean-up focus of WorkSafe inspectors’ Coast visit http://www.ussaglobal.com/safe-clean-up-focus-of-worksafe-inspectors-coast-visit/ Thu, 22 May 2014 06:01:34 +0000 http://www.ussaglobal.com/?p=1758 1 May 2014 Cyclone Ita, which ravaged the West Coast recently, caused very few injuries and no fatalities.  WorkSafe New Zealand says that it is essential the clean-up doesn’t add to the injury list through the use of unsafe practices. WorkSafe’s Assessment Manager for Canterbury and the West Coast, Dave Hulston, says that his team […]

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1 May 2014

Cyclone Ita, which ravaged the West Coast recently, caused very few injuries and no fatalities.  WorkSafe New Zealand says that it is essential the clean-up doesn’t add to the injury list through the use of unsafe practices.

WorkSafe’s Assessment Manager for Canterbury and the West Coast, Dave Hulston, says that his team has been working in the region this week providing support and ensuring that repair work doesn’t put workers and the community at further risk.

“The scale of the Cyclone’s devastation has been enormous, and the community has spent the last couple of weeks addressing the immediate repairs needed,” he says.

“With over 60 houses lost and many more damaged, there is plenty more work to be done, and we want to make sure no one is hurt or, at worst, killed in this process.

“Our team is working with local community agencies to encourage a safety focus in the repair work, and to provide resources designed to improve the safety precautions undertaken.

“Nationally, falls are one of the largest causes of injury in the building industry.  With so many damaged roofs across the region, it’s essential that contractors are aware of the risks involved in work at height, and the essential safety procedures,” says Mr Hulston.

WorkSafe NZ resources for workplace safety, including a toolkit for Working Safely at Height, are available on its website.

Source: http://www.business.govt.nz/worksafe/news/releases/2014/safe-clean-up-the-focus-of-worksafe-inspectors2019-coast-visit

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Occ health experts advise WorkSafe NZ http://www.ussaglobal.com/occ-health-experts-advise-worksafe-nz/ Thu, 22 May 2014 06:00:28 +0000 http://www.ussaglobal.com/?p=1756 7 May 2014 A group of the country’s leading experts on occupational health have been assembled to advise WorkSafe New Zealand about how to help protect people from work-related illness and disease. An estimated 600-900 New Zealanders die prematurely each year due to work-related illness and disease. That toll is over and above the number […]

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7 May 2014

A group of the country’s leading experts on occupational health have been assembled to advise WorkSafe New Zealand about how to help protect people from work-related illness and disease.

An estimated 600-900 New Zealanders die prematurely each year due to work-related illness and disease. That toll is over and above the number of workers killed in workplace accidents. Thousands more people suffer from non-fatal work related disease.

The Chair of WorkSafe NZ Board, Professor Gregor Coster, says the Occupational Health and Advisory Group will provide the Board of WorkSafe NZ with independent advice and expertise on what is a complex issue.

“Protecting people at work is not just about reducing the risk of accidents. It is also about ensuring that the long-term health effects of the workplace environment are well managed.

“It is not always a simple matter to determine the precise cause of work-related ill-health. There is often a long time between exposure to a workplace hazard and the subsequent illness. But occupational health issues affect a huge number of New Zealanders, and we can’t just put it into the too-hard basket.

“Occupational health is an important focus for WorkSafe NZ. The more we can understand the causes of chronic work-related ill-health the better placed we will be to support businesses to take preventative measures.

Source: http://www.business.govt.nz/worksafe/news/releases/2014/occupational-health-experts-to-advise-worksafe-nz

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NZ rebuild workers put safety first http://www.ussaglobal.com/hundreds-of-rebuild-workers-to-put-safety-first/ Thu, 22 May 2014 05:58:40 +0000 http://www.ussaglobal.com/?p=1753 12 May 2014 More than 350 Canterbury rebuild construction workers are spending the early hours of this morning learning about how to keep themselves and others from being seriously injured or killed while working around excavations. Excavations are a major component of the rebuild work and are one of WorkSafe’s top priority areas in Canterbury. […]

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12 May 2014

More than 350 Canterbury rebuild construction workers are spending the early hours of this morning learning about how to keep themselves and others from being seriously injured or killed while working around excavations.

Excavations are a major component of the rebuild work and are one of WorkSafe’s top priority areas in Canterbury.

“If not planned or carried out correctly, excavations on construction sites can be extremely hazardous and may lead to serious injury or death,” says WorkSafe’s Canterbury Rebuild Health and Safety Programme Director, Kathryn Heiler.

“Major hazards involved in excavations include trench collapses, coming into contact with underground cables, buried contaminants such as asbestos, and hazardous atmospheres,” says Ms Heiler.

This morning’s trade breakfast runs from 6.30-8.30am and is an opportunity for workers to hear first hand from industry and the regulator about how to improve safety.

“We want to help workers and construction companies get up to speed as quickly as possible on how they can work safely in hazardous environments, such as working around excavations,” she says.

“It’s also a chance for industry to learn what WorkSafe inspectors are looking for when they’re visiting sites across the rebuild.

“In the last year we’ve doubled the number of inspectors in our Programme team. On top of that we’ve also brought across highly experienced inspectors from WorkCover New South Wales on a rolling secondment to ensure our inspectors have a greater presence across the rebuild,” Ms Heiler says.

Presenters at the trade breakfast include representatives from Fletcher Construction, HEB, Orion and WorkSafe New Zealand.

Source: http://www.business.govt.nz/worksafe/news/releases/2014/hundreds-of-rebuild-workers-to-put-safety-first

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Waikato company fined over worker’s death http://www.ussaglobal.com/waikato-company-fined-over-workers-death/ Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:44:53 +0000 http://www.ussaglobal.com/?p=1620 9 April 2014 Waikato company Wealleans Groundspread Limited has been fined $33,750 and ordered to pay reparation of $70,000 over the death of a worker in June 2013. Tyler Old was operating a specially adapted truck, which spread fertiliser from a hopper via a chain conveyor, on a dairy farm in Okauia, Matamata. Nobody saw […]

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9 April 2014

Waikato company Wealleans Groundspread Limited has been fined $33,750 and ordered to pay reparation of $70,000 over the death of a worker in June 2013.

Tyler Old was operating a specially adapted truck, which spread fertiliser from a hopper via a chain conveyor, on a dairy farm in Okauia, Matamata. Nobody saw the incident, but it appears Mr Old climbed into the hopper and got trapped in the conveyor. He suffered fatal crush injuries.

Wealleans Groundspread pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to take all practicable steps to ensure Mr Old’s safety, and was yesterday sentenced in the Morrinsville District Court.

The company’s health and safety handbook stated that employees should never climb into the hopper when the chain is going, but there were no prominent signs on the truck warning of the dangers of doing so.

WorkSafe’s chief investigator, Keith Stewart, said in addition to putting warning signs on the vehicle Wealleans Groundspread could have taken a number of simple steps to protect its workers.

“The footholds and handholds on the side of the truck were inadequate to allow Mr Old to safely lean over the side wall of the hopper and push any fertiliser that was stuck down on to the chain conveyor.

“The company could also have provided a tool with a reach long enough to reach any residual fertiliser instead of the standard spade that was made available,” said Keith Stewart.

Source: http://www.business.govt.nz/worksafe/news/prosecution-follow-up/2014-events/waikato-company-fined-over-worker2019s-death

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Demolition increase highlights safety risk http://www.ussaglobal.com/demolition-increase-highlights-safety-risk/ Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:44:26 +0000 http://www.ussaglobal.com/?p=1618 16 April 2014 With residential demolitions in Christchurch set to increase between now and December, WorkSafe New Zealand is increasing its site inspections to ensure safety is a top priority. WorkSafe’s Canterbury Rebuild Health and Safety Programme Director, Kathryn Heiler, said today that she is concerned at the high hazard risk associated with demolition work. […]

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16 April 2014

With residential demolitions in Christchurch set to increase between now and December, WorkSafe New Zealand is increasing its site inspections to ensure safety is a top priority.

WorkSafe’s Canterbury Rebuild Health and Safety Programme Director, Kathryn Heiler, said today that she is concerned at the high hazard risk associated with demolition work.

“The identification and removal of asbestos is of particular concern to us.  It is extremely hazardous to workers and can present health risks to homeowners and the neighbouring community if not managed correctly,” she says.

“Our inspectors in Canterbury are seeing too many properties throughout the region being demolished before proper health and safety checks have been carried out.”

“The use of mobile plant such as excavators and the requirement to work at height, are also of concern, and so we’ll be increasing the number of demolition site visits from our inspector team immediately.”

Ms Heiler says that the increase in the volume of demolition work presents a significant challenge for the demolition industry.

“WorkSafe’s major concern is that we are still seeing far too many instances where asbestos is either not being identified accurately or not being safely removed and disposed of prior to demolition. This is simply not acceptable,” Ms Heiler says.

If asbestos contaminated material has not been removed prior to demolition, it can contaminate the soil leaving long-term issues for the site and surrounding area.

“WorkSafe remains committed to working with the construction industry to ensure that the last of the demolition work across the rebuild does not harm workers or cause adverse health effects in the community.  The industry should expect to see more of our inspectors on site in the coming weeks and months,” Ms Heiler says.

“Where we see unsafe work practices and breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 we will be prepared to stop work and take enforcement action. This may include the issuing of notices, fines or even prosecution”.

Source: http://www.business.govt.nz/worksafe/news/releases/2014/demolition-increase-highlights-safety-risk

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