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Quad Bike Death and Enforceable Undertakings: Zespri pays $250k

Thanks to an experienced PR firm and smart lawyering, Zespri has avoided prosecution and maximum penalties of $1.5 million under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.  After a tragic quad bike death, the organisation has voluntarily paid $250,000 towards improved safety measures for
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$380k Fine for Getting a bit Gassy: Another Call to Check your Forklifts and Hazardous Substances

Last week ‘Tasman Tannary’ learned a hard lesson about ventilation and hazardous substances. See the NZ Heralds: Whanganui worker knocked out by exposure to potentially deadly gas What Happened? In April 2016 a fork hoist driver lost consciousness twice after being exposed to hydrogen
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You need fingers to be handy at a mill: Machinery guarding and E Stops save digits

Rebecca McLeod is a senior associate of the firm of Preston Russell Law and she wrote a well versed article on what happens when someone gets their fingers mangled in a machine due to a lack of machinery guarding. Although the case was tried under the old HSE Act, not the new HSAW 201
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Heavy Fines Kick In: Rangiora Carpets fined nearly $180k for a Safety Breach

A Christchurch business has learnt that they need to take falls from height seriously, you don’t have to be in ‘operations’ to be at risk and a safety breach can be costly. For more detailed information go to: Rangiora Carpets fined nearly $180k for staff member fall
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ACC, WorksafeNZ, SafetyPlus & an Ageing Workforce HSE Business Update

I recently attended the ACC HSE Business Update, here are my thoughts on the presentations. ACC HSE Business Update: What are you? The question around what is your identity ACC? is still ill defined. Together the team presentations were a little like a Hollywood depiction of multiple
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Do your company vehicles’ have fire extinguishers? Arguments For, and Against.

Last week one of my clients was informed that they needed to have fire extinguishers in all company vehicles by a WorkSafeNZ representative (Please note that this client does not work in the construction industry). I find this interesting for two reasons: There is nowhere in the legis
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Health and Safety Auditing Checklist Apps, making auditing easier???

The safety geek in me got a little over excited this week because one of my clients showed me IAuditor www.app.safetyculture.io. A quick review of the site showed that you could download a banquet of interactive audit forms without even buying the app! At face value this seems like a
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Z Energy Nails it! – Meaningful Contractor Management from an HSE Perspective

Hi All Recently I heard Francois Barton: Executive Director at Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum speak on the future of safety. He shared an inspired piece of work on contractor management that has been developed by Z Energy and MinterEllisonRuddWatts. Watch the 4-minute
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Explosions Rock Flood-Crippled Chemical Plant Near Houston: Reminder to get your head around new Hazardous Substances Regulations

This popped up on my news feed recently: Explosions Rock Flood-Crippled Chemical Plant Near Houston. It is a timely reminder that we all need to understand the new Hazardous Substances Regulations that go live in December 2017. What Happened? Arkema Inc.  had organic peroxides stored
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