Strong Message from WorkSafe New Zealand
In the first two weeks of June 2017 five people were killed in New Zealand workplaces. This pushed the year's toll to 30, only 19 shy of 2016's entire total.
Rosie is urging businesses to tighten up their safety measures around the workplace and to start taking leadership of health and safety risks in the workplace.
“It’s the same stuff that’s been killing people in New Zealand for the past ten years. It comes down to critical risks such as forklifts, falls from heights and people interactions.”
Rosie said that overall New Zealand businesses have been focusing on the lower risk areas such as slips and trips. However, they need to go back and start focusing on the big area, the critical risks that can kill people. Once these have been identified they need to eliminate the risks (if possible) or put controls in place that reduce them. For example, don’t have people in the space where forklifts operate or get detection devices put onto the forklift that detect humans near-by.
Worksafe have been seeing that with increased economic activity comes more workplace deaths.
All New Zealand businesses need to improve their health and safety risk management. That is why the CEO of WorkSafe New Zealand chose to speak to the media to emphasis the importance of New Zealand businesses focusing on the right stuff.
- June 9th – 58 year old man was trapped under a beam in Rolleston, Christchurch
- June 12th – woman killed by a forklift at a poultry farm in Rolleston, Christchurch
- June 14th – an Auckland employee was killed falling from a ladder that occurred a week earlier
- June 15th – a woman was killed at an industrial site in Hastings by being trapped in machinery
- June 15th – a man was killed in Penrose, Auckland after being run over by a forklift
- New Zealand businesses have been focusing too much on the small stuff.
- Need to focus on the critical risks - forklifts, working at heights, machinery.
- Then eliminate the risks or put controls in place that reduce or mitigate them.