Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Safe Workplace Programmes the Best Incentive


Media Release

16 May 2001

Recognition of Safe Workplace Programmes the Best Incentive to Reduced Workplace Fatalities

The Employers and Manufacturers' Association strongly supports the principle of reducing workplace fatalities as outlined in the summary report of the Review of the Health and Safety in Employment Act yesterday.

"However, two key issues have been glossed over," says Rodger Kerr-Newell, president of the EMA Central.

"Firstly, the evidence clearly shows that workplace fatalities are sadly and primarily a result of the macho Kiwi attitude to physical risks and safety.

"This can be evidenced by the high rate of injuries and fatalities among the self-employed," Mr Kerr-Newell said. "Indeed at a meeting of Business New Zealand this morning ACC confirmed the injury rate of the self-employed is currently increasing while that of employees continues to decline.

"The second point is that active measures to encourage workplace safety through experience rating under the old ACC regime were removed early last year.

"Prior to then, all employer work safety records were applied individually - good employers with good records found their ACC premiums were reduced. This incentive was not extended to those who did not perform. Now, for the vast majority of employers who are too small to gain individual attention from ACC, they are lumped into wide categories, and there is simply no incentive, apart from natural concern for one's employees to take extra action," Rodger Kerr-Newell said.

"Nevertheless, today larger employers must have positive safety programmes in place and they are already working with ACC. And, of course, most of these sites are where unions have coverage.

"On the other hand, the removal of the individual experience rating incentives under the so-called ACC reforms actively took away existing strong incentives for smaller, non-unionised employers to actively promote and implement positive safety programmes.

"The EMA suggests the importance of active safety programmes is perhaps being obscured by rhetoric. Perhaps the best approach would be to return to the time when positive efforts were recognised and incentivised by the ACC, rather than just ignored as they are today," Rodger Kerr-Newell suggested.

Further comment: Rodger Kerr-Newell: Phone 06 759 6101 (w)

Rodger Kerr-Newell is the chair of EMA Central and Chief Exec of New Plymouth District Council.

Contact details for EMA are 95-99 Molesworth St, Wellington Phone 04 473 7224


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Media Mega Merger: StuffMe Hearing Argues Over Moveable Feast

New Zealand's two largest news publishers are appealing against the Commerce Commission's rejection of the proposal to merge their operations. More>>

Elsewhere:


Approval: Northern Corridor Decision Released

The approval gives the green light to construction of the last link of Auckland’s Western Ring Route, providing an alternative route from South Auckland to the North Shore. More>>

ALSO:


Crown Accounts: $4.1 Billion Surplus

The New Zealand Government has achieved its third fiscal surplus in a row with the Crown accounts for the year ended 30 June 2017 showing an OBEGAL surplus of $4.1 billion, $2.2 billion stronger than last year, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says. More>>

ALSO:

Mycoplasma Bovis: One New Property Tests Positive

The newly identified property... was already under a Restricted Place notice under the Biosecurity Act. More>>

Accounting Scandal: Suspension Of Fuji Xerox From All-Of-Government Contract

General Manager of New Zealand Government Procurement John Ivil says, “FXNZ has been formally suspended from the Print Technology and Associated Services (PTAS) contract and terminated from the Office Supplies contract.” More>>