Latest NZ work accident statistics released

Nearly 200,000 claims for work-related injuries were made to ACC last year, new figures reveal. Statistics New Zealand figures show that in 2012, 180,000 claims were made for a work-related injury to the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). The provisional figures show the overall rate of injury claims was 93 claims for every 1000 full-time equivalent employees. Males made 73 per cent of all claims for work-related injuries last year and since 2002, have consistently accounted for about three-quarters of all [...]

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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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Worker Loses Constructive Dismissal Case

Wheelchair company technician Glen MacMillan has lost his Employment Relations Authority grievance claim for constructive and unjustified dismissal. He was employed by Seating to Go Limited (STGL), a provider of specialised wheelchair and seating assessment services for the Ministry of Health and ACC. His employers received a written complaint about a visit Mr MacMillan paid to a client on 2nd May 2012. It was alleged that he made abusive and derogatory comments about two "useless" directors, including one who "was Australian and [...]

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Introduction to ACC Workplace Safety Management Practices Scheme (WSMP)

Introduction The Workplace Safety Management Practices scheme (WSMP) is a nationally recognised standard in organisational Health and Safety. Through its ten critical elements it gives a good coverage of what an successful organisations need to have in place to exercise best practice health and safety in their workplace. This introductory course gives and overview of the structure and content of the scheme. What is involved in participating in it and what are the potential benefits of achieving the audit standards. Many [...]

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ACC signals reduced levy rates

ACC is proposing reduced levy rates for the 2012/13 financial year thanks to ACC’s improved performance. In 2008/09 ACC disclosed a $4.8 billion deficit for the year and that came on top of a $2.4 billion deficit the year before. This was a trend that couldn’t be allowed to continue. The Board therefore set some challenging targets around improving rehabilitation performance and running the organisation more efficiently. ACC’s performance has improved and for the past two years it has reported surpluses [...]

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Health and Safety – Contractor Management

The Principal's Office - where all naughty contractors get sent for correction.Introduction Managing contractors is a full-on business and then there is health and safety. That little piece of compliance legislation with a sting in the tail for unsuspecting players. For many companies and organisations who engage contractors, the health and safety side of things can often been left to one side. Often there is that conversation between Principal (you) and contractor that goes something like Principal - "You all good [...]

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