Jun 7

Women worked like ‘slaves’ for $40 a week

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Two Fijian women have described how for months they worked seven-day weeks for $40 in the home of a Wellington businesswoman who is charged with exploiting them. “I was just like a slave to them. I did not feel free at all,” one of the women said in a written statement, included in…

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May 30

Company fined for not preventing fall from height

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Roofing company Metind Limited (formerly Metalcraft Industries Limited) has been fined $43,000 and ordered to pay reparations of $10,000 after an employee was seriously injured after falling more than three metres from a roof. The Auckland District Court heard that on 9 June 2011 three employees of Metind Limited were working on a…

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Jan 10

DOL urges against complacency on building sites

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As the working year kicks off, the Department of Labour is urging those in the construction sector to remember the importance of safe work practices. “People are going back to work after a few weeks off, but this doesn’t mean anyone can be complacent about safety issues,” says Jean Martin, the Department’s Labour…

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Nov 17

Pike River: DOL Mines Inspector tells of “impossible task”

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The Labour Department has made only two prosecutions of underground mines in New Zealand since 2005, an inquiry into the Pike River tragedy has heard. Alan Cooper, the department’s health and safety practice leader, admitted he had not known the number of prosecutions was so small. The department needed to have a “clearer…

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Oct 25

Employee killed in ‘preventable’ 15 metre fall

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Delta Utility Services Limited has today been fined $75,000 after one of its employees was killed when he fell 15 metres when a power line pole he was working on near Dunedin in December last year collapsed. The Alexandra District Court heard that the employee – Roger Steel – climbed the ten-metre pole…

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Sep 27

Fire-stopping mortar failure causes fatal fall

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A fire alarm technician died from head injuries after falling 10 metres when a section of a floor he was walking on collapsed under him. The section of floor that collapsed was made from a fire-stopping mortar. The technician was working in a plant room on the second level of a multi-storey commercial…

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Sep 13

Man crushed by falling generator named

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Police have released the name of a man crushed by a generator in a workplace accident on Hornby, Christchurch yesterday. Neville Raymond Sutherland, 30, was delivering a large generator when a forklift removing it from his truck toppled over, crushing him to death. Emergency services were called to the premises of TransDiesel Limited…

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Sep 8

DOL releases action plan to cut forestry deaths

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A new plan to reduce the number of forestry workers being injured or killed has been launched by the Department of Labour. Of the five sectors where the most harm is occurring – construction, agriculture, forestry, manufacturing and fishing – forestry has the highest rate of workplace deaths. In the past five years…

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Aug 18

Work the deciding factor in migrants choosing Auckland

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The ability to find work is the determining factor in migrants choosing to settle in Auckland. The Department of Labour has carried out in-depth studies of 64 of the 6,000 people who took part in its Longitudinal Immigration Survey (LisNZ) 6, 18 and 36 months after arrival. Twenty-four of them were from Auckland.…

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Aug 18

Company fined after employee loses toes in wharf accident

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Northland Stevedoring Services Limited has been fined $37,500 today following an accident at Northport Wharf, which resulted in an employee on his first day at work having three toes amputated. The company has also been ordered to pay $15,000 in reparation after the accident on 15 November 2010. The Whangarei District Court heard…

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