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  • The Safe Side | Issue 57

    This month’s issue of The Safe Side covers five recent sentencings for breaches of health and safety legislation. Three resulted after workers in the manufacturing sector sustained severe finger injuries on machinery. A further sentencing followed the death of a young worker in Canterbury and the last saw another huge fine from the UK Courts after a man was killed by a vehicle at a work site. We also have an article on the filing of charges following the tragic death of a teenager on a school trip at Abbey Caves. Finally, we report on a study which estimates the staggering annual cost of workplace bullying and harassment in Aotearoa New Zealand as over $1.3 billion and rising.

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  • The Safe Side | Issue 55

    Enforceable undertakings were introduced as an alternative to prosecutions under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HASWA). This month, we look at the latest enforceable undertakings accepted by WorkSafe New Zealand and Maritime New Zealand. One is with New Zealand Police and follows a shocking road crash that almost killed a mobile speed camera operator. The other is with a stevedoring company and came about when a worker was injured while loading a ship. We also cover the sentencing of an Auckland business after a customer was struck by a forklift, and a prosecution of a UK farmer after cows attacked two walkers and their dog. We round out this issue with an article on a recent speech by the new Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety about her intention to reform health and safety law.

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  • The Safe Side | Issue 56

    It may be that WorkSafe has recovered its earlier enthusiasm for Enforceable Undertakings (EUs) as an alternative to prosecution. Last month, we covered two new EUs made under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HASWA). This month, we look at two further EUs that WorkSafe has recently accepted. We also have articles on the sentencing of an Australian company after the tragic death of an 80-year-old man who died after being trapped in a disused stairwell, and the prosecution of a director and company following long term and persistent bullying of a subcontractor. Finally, we cover the filing of a charge by Maritime New Zealand against KiwiRail after the Interislander ferry, Kaitaki, lost power in the Cook Strait last year.

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