Workplace Harassment and Bullying

Victims of bullying and harassment in the workplace often feel isolated with no way out. Introduction Most workplaces have harassment and bullying policies in place. Many of these were written following the implementation of legislation such as the Human Rights Act, Health and Safety in Employment Act and Employment Relations Act. The emphasis for many of these policies was on sexual harassment and related inappropriate behaviour in the workplace. While most workplaces have seen a cultural shift away from instances of [...]

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Company fined after employee loses toes in wharf accident

Northport Wharf - WhangareiNorthland 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 that the employee’s right foot became trapped between the wharf buffer and a vessel as he passed a piece of timber to a colleague. “Just as [...]

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Draft adventure tourism regulations released by DOL

Regulations are just words on paper. Only when the cowboys start taking their responsibilities seriously will we stop seeing people die participating in adventure tourism.Draft regulations to improve safety in the commercial adventure tourism and outdoor education industries are now available for consultation. Sitting under the Health and Safety in Employment Act, they will require all commercial adventure tourism and outdoor education operators in New Zealand who provide activities over a pre-determined risk level to be registered and undergo a [...]

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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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