Tegel pleads guilty after worker loses finger tip in mincer

Tegel Foods has admitted a workplace safety breach after a female employee had her finger tip severed in a mincing machine. The Department of Labour brought the prosecution in a sitting of the Christchurch District Court at Nga Hau e Wha marae today before Judge Stephen Erber. Sentencing is set down for the 29th September. Prosecutor Pip Currie said the woman was a process worker who was working the mincing machine at the company's Carmen Rd premises on 6th [...]

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Forestry worker seriously injured in “safe area”

Forestry is one of the most dangerous industries in New Zealand along with that other 'F' word Farming.A Hokitika forestry worker was off work for months with debilitating spinal fractures, bruising and kidney injuries after he was hit by a log while in a designated safe area. His employer, Thomas Logging Limited was today fined $17,000 in the Greymouth District Court and ordered to pay reparations of $20,000 following the accident in the Kaniere Forest Block near Hokitika last September. They [...]

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Introduction to Health and Safety

Introduction Health and Safety is a non-negotiable part of our working landscape. With fines for breaches of the health and safety in employment act on the rise it is vital that organisations of all sizes ensure that their staff have a firm understanding of the principles of good health and safety management. Increasingly the emphasis is not on what an organisations policies and procedures are on paper, but what their staff understand about them and how they put them into [...]

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