WorkSafe has released guidance on its website for businesses that store, handle or use substances controlled under the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017. The guide brings together conveniently accessible advice for the labelling, control and tracking thresholds for different classes of hazardous substances. Workplaces using these goods must comply with the guidelines if they have more than the stated quantity of the goods on their premises.
The government has announced MPI and industry groups Dairy NZ and Beef and Lamb will receive $400K to work together to help roll out compensation teams in rural localities to help farmers impacted by Mycoplasma bovis obtain compensation more easily. Farmers have found accessing relief funds challenging, with MPI overwhelmed by the still increasing spread of the disease across NZ
A logistics company has been fined $354K and ordered to make reparations totalling $86K after a worker was crushed in a forklift collision. The company was convicted of failing to take reasonably practicable steps to insure working safety. It was revealed the company had been too slow to adopt health and safety practices in place at established sites at the new site where the worker was hurt.
WorkSafe has issued a warning to farm operators about the risks of mobile stock ramps, which include the danger from falling, crushing, slipping, and tripping related injuries, and also the danger from ramps designed without breaking systems. The warning includes a reminder to ensure workers do not walk underneath ramps, like any other suspended load, and ensure regular maintenance and safety reviews.
WorkSafe has issued a technical bulletin clarifying inspection and certification requirements for operator protective structures and forestry yarders as part of its ongoing emphasis regarding risk management in the forestry sector. The bulletin emphasises the range of certifications required, the need for regular inspections, and clear labelling.
Following significant recent public discussion concerning the safety of 1080, WorkSafe has reiterated its role in controlling the sale, storage, and use of the substance and the procedures it expects those who use 1080 to observe. WorkSafe has also reminded those affected of their reporting obligations around the import and storage of 1080.
WorkSafe has cautioned construction operators against using cranes equipped with freefall devices for personnel movements after two incidents that risked death or serious harm to workers being raised and lowered using cranes. In one case, the risk was compounded by unsafe modifications having been made to the crane to allow an inadequately long rope to be used for the operation.
The District Court has fined a meat processing company $332K, in addition to $60K reparations already made, after an inexperienced worker lost his hand to an inadequately guarded machine. The company was convicted of failing to ensure worker health and safety after it was found it would have been reasonably practicable to ensure the machine was adequately guarded to prevent harm.
A forestry company has had a $750K fine reduced to $100K because of the company's small size and family owned nature making the larger fine too harsh. The penalty, and a $80K reparation order, was imposed for failing to properly induct or have proper safety systems in place to protect a worker crushed by a log that rolled onto the worker after escaping uphill workings.
A seafood company has been fined over $200K and costs after an employee lost an eye. The employee had been decanting cleaning product when the tube containing the product flicked him in the eye, with the damage caused by the substance and impact requiring the eye to be removed. WorkSafe said that the product should have been hardwired to avoid the need for decanting.