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 of water and weather just adds to the degree of risk  faced by those with the task of turning productivity into profit. Despite a huge amount of effort going into [...]

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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 failing to take all practicable steps to protect employees and failing to take all practicable steps to protect others. Mother-of-two Philomen Gulland lost her life in the explosion. Gulland was working [...]

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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 his 20s, managed to get out the cab by himself and was coherent when emergency services arrived. He was "lucky to be alive", the worker said. He had been with the [...]

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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 directors and senior managers. Behind the scenes there had been a lot of work done by health and safety professionals assessing the likely impact of the new legislation and the [...]

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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, in addition to a $5000 contribution already paid. The company said the fine was higher-than-expected, considering precedents for equivalent accidents and circumstances. Briscoes said it would not take any further action until [...]

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Boy drowns in cruise liner swimming pool

A 6-year-old boy has drowned in one of the pools on-board the Carnival Cruise Lines ship Carnival Victory while at sea, the company said in a statement. The Carnival Victory was on the last leg of a four-day Caribbean cruise when the boy drowned in the midship pool. He was at the pool area with other family members at the time, the statement said. Police said the drowning appeared to be an accident and an investigation was under way. The boy was [...]

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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 November 2011. A 27-year-old man, whose name is suppressed, was charged with his murder but acquitted in the High Court at Auckland last month. CNE Security was charged with failing to [...]

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Boy killed by Council mower

A 4-year-old boy died after he was run over by a council tractor-mower at a Hastings park last night. The "bubbly" boy was believed to have been playing around the tractor at Kirkpatrick Park in Camberley, when he was killed about 5.20pm. "The boy has come into contact with a tractor while it was mowing the fields," Sergeant Ray Kirkby said at the scene: "He has received fatal injuries." Police said they understood the boy had been playing with older [...]

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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 their car and felt a jolt shooting through their bodies. "I said to my friend 'did we just get hit by lightning?' and she said 'Yes!' "We couldn't believe it," Ms Ehu [...]

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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 Paula Rebstock said the net surplus was $3.6 billion ahead of budget and would allow the corporation to reduce the deficit between its assets and the lifetime cost of every [...]

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