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Aluminium company to pay 48K after employee burnt at work

McKechnie Aluminium Solutions Limited has been fined $33,000 and ordered to pay $15,000 in reparation after an explosion caused serious burns to an employee’s foot, and superficial burns to his left hand, arm, chest and head.   The aluminium casting and manufacturing company was sentenced in the New Plymouth District Court today after pleading guilty […]

Hutt company fined after worker loses four fingers!

WorkSafe says guidance on how to make machinery safe is clear and easily accessible on its website.   Petone importer and manufacturer European Profile Company Limited has been fined $24,375 and ordered to pay reparation of $17,500 after a worker had four fingers amputated by a wood cutting machine while at work. European Profile Company […]

Hefty fines over forklift accident

Companies failed to put in place proper workplace rules to manage risk posed by forklifts to workers on foot.  19 August 2014 Three companies have been fined a total of almost $120,000 and ordered to pay combined reparation of $20,000 after a woman was struck by a reversing forklift at a kiwifruit pack house at […]

Quad bike rider fined for not using helmet

14 May 2014 A Marlborough man has been fined $15,000 for not wearing a helmet while riding a quad bike at work – and for carrying a helmetless child as a passenger. It is believed to be the first time someone has been convicted for carrying a passenger on a work quad bike. Herd manager […]

Occupational health experts to advise WorkSafe NZ

An estimated 600-900 New Zealanders die prematurely each year due to work-related illness and disease 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 […]

A harsh reminder to take “all practicable steps”

Accidents and injuries that occur in the workplace are not only dangerous and distressful; they can result in very hefty fines.  Below is a collection of recent examples of how employers have failed to take “all practicable steps” to protect their employee’s from harm. “All practical steps” is defined under section 2A of the Health and […]

Workers fined over scaffolding accident

WorkSafe says this case is a reminder to all involved in construction of how much they rely on fellow workers to do things properly. 20 March 2014 Two workers have been ordered to pay a total of more than $22,000 in fines and reparations over a scaffolding accident in Dunedin last year which left a […]

WorkSafe NZ releases guidelines for managing bullying

WorkSafe NZ wants to help people deal proactively with the issue of workplace bullying themselves, and to promote healthy work cultures. Best practice guidelines on workplace bullying, released on 20 February 2014 by WorkSafe New Zealand, are a big step forward in support and guidance for businesses and individuals about what is a prevalent workplace […]