Sep 2

Port Health and Safety in NZ

Posted by Dave Griffith

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…

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Apr 9

Fatal pipeline blast – company fined

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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…

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Jan 6

Port worker injured by falling container

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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…

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Jan 6

Health and Safety at Work Act – beware the circling sharks

Posted by Dave Griffith

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.…

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Oct 29

Briscoes fined after customer trips over box

Posted by Dave Griffith

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…

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Oct 15

Boy drowns in cruise liner swimming pool

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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…

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Oct 15

Security firm ‘not guilty’ over employee death

Posted by Dave Griffith

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…

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Oct 9

Boy killed by Council mower

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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…

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Oct 2

Lightning hits work vehicle

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A 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…

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Oct 1

ACC makes massive $4.9 billion surplus

Posted by Dave Griffith

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…

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