Tradies take note: overhaul of workplace health & safety
Date: 9th August 2013
The construction industry is to be one of the targets of new workplace health and safety legislation. In the wake of the 2010 Pike River mining disaster a Workplace Health and Safety task force was put together and in April came up with a number of recommendations. This week, Labour Minister Simon Bridges announced an overhaul of labour law aiming to improve workplace safety culture with the following specific changes:
- A new agency WorkSafe New Zealand will take over in December. It aims to strengthen enforcement and education and implement the changes
- A focus on high risk areas including the construction industry
- A stronger focus on occupational harm and hazardous substances
- Better coordination between government agencies
- A tri-partisan approach between government, employers and workers
- Stronger penalties, enforcement tools and court powers including fines of up to $600,000 and up to five years in prison.
Keep your eye on the Health & Safety Task Force and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment websites for further updates.
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