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Alarming Number Of Workplace Deaths Caught The Attention Of Worksafe

To find an NZ health and safety consultant in a particular workplace is not a peculiar site as it is a requirement in hazardous industries. Last month, in just a span of a fortnight, there is a record of seven deaths while employees are in their workplace. This prompted Worksafe to react and according to them, it warranted a culture change.

In the first quarter of 2017, there are 10 deaths in workplace which may be considered as low but in the past several years, it has been recorded that in average there are about one death per week.

Nicole Rosie, the chief executive of Worksafe, said that they are really concerned about the number of deaths increasing and the upward trend has resulted to many anguished families where they lost their parents or children to their work.

She explained that this year’s deaths happened in industries with high risks. In the forestry, three are recorded dead, two in the farming industry and two in the field of construction.

She added that not everything these workers do from day to day is considered as dangerous but there are activities that pose more risk than anything else. The same activities are still the reason why workplace deaths continue to rise in New Zealand.

She relayed that two workers are dead because while performing tree felling which is traditionally considered as an activity with very high risk. One death is due to working with a farm animal while another happened while using a quad bike.

Ms Rosie also explained that in construction, one death is due to a moving vehicle while the other happened when the house that the man is piling accidentally moved therefore killing him.

She expressed that New Zealand is now on its way to providing a safer workplace since the number of deaths have decreased in the last few years.

A year ago, a new law was passed by the government that tackles health and safety in response to the tragedy in Pike River mining almost 7 years ago.

It is important for industries to hire NZ health and safety consultant because any negligence could lead to a fine of $600,000.

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