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Good Thing Farmers are Getting More Safety Conscious (Smarter): Killing one worker on average every two weeks is not acceptable in any industry.

Last Friday, NZ.Farmer posted this article: Farmers more safety conscious after 124 deaths in six years says WorkSafe New Zealand.  It made me think about how we value human life. According to the stats, agriculture is the deadliest sector to work in and this doesn’t take into account
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Darwin’s Natural Selection at Its Best: ‘Opinion: Warnings are there to keep people safe’

Kristin Macfarlane’s article in the BOP Times Opinion: Warnings are there to keep people safe had me smiling, and then feeling sorry for all the emergency response personnel who have had to deal with ‘the batsh*t crazy’ and their off-spring over the festive season. Here is a list of s
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Sun Smart: Keeping Your Cool and it’s all about Mellow Yellow

Eleanor Black’s article: I regret not using sunscreen really resonated with me.  I can remember not being sun smart and getting horrifically burned during the 80’s and 90’s. The two worst incidents were: Event 1. Sitting with my feet hanging off the surf tower with Teva’s on. My feet
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T’is the Season: Supporting Workers Post Suicide Attempt

Right now, I am helping a number of employers get the help they need while supporting an employee post suicide, and I thought the notes that I normally send to them might help someone else. SUPPORTING AN EMPLOYEE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS The sad thing is there are no ‘Right” an
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Why wouldn’t you use fall protection? Lindsay Whyte Painters and Decorators found out it’s cheaper on every level

I’m beginning to wonder if people genuinely think they can press a big red button and “turn off gravity”. There so much known about the risks associated with falls from height, and it is so easy to minimise the likelihood of an accident occurring: train staff, provide the right equipm
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Fatal Explosions: Ron Salter learns #She’llBeRight not good enough

Hi All, I’ve been following the WorksafeNZ investigation and court proceedings since the fatality first happened at Salter’s Cartage on September 15th, 2015. That day, Ron Salter learnt that fatal explosions have a high cost on every level. Ron Slater is the classic working-clas
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Complete Tragedy – 8 Year Old dies after a fall from height: What can you do to stop an incident at your place?

Hi All, As a mother of an overactive toddler, that thinks gravity need not apply to him, this story of a tragic fall from height broke my heart. Eight-year-old boy dies after falling through roof of Palmerston North school. A week later I was reading another article in WorksafeBC’s “W
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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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