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Workplace deaths and accidents must stop

MEDIA RELEASE

31 January 2002

Workplace deaths and accidents must stop

“Our workplace death and accident record is out of control and worsening by the day,” said Council of Trade Unions president Ross Wilson today.

This morning two workers were injured at an accident on a Wellington construction site and yesterday a Southland farmer died in a farm bike accident.

“The argument for changing our workplace health and safety law grows stronger by the day,” said Ross Wilson.

“Workers are saying they need to be confident that their workplaces are safe.”

Ross Wilson said workplace deaths and accidents this year had been caused by unsafe work places.

“In this month alone, workers have been killed and suffered serious injuries through the collapse of a retaining wall and a concrete floor on construction sites,” he said.

“A tragic death of a young mother was caused by faulty machinery at a meat works. Where is it going to stop?”

Ross Wilson said amendments to our health and safety law would be focussed on workers and employers working together to make workplaces safe.

“Trained health and safety reps will make a significant difference to ensuring we have safe systems of work,” he said.

“Although he law will be about prevention, we need stiffer fines for employers who put their workers’ lives at risk by failing to provide safe systems of work.”


For further information contact Ross Wilson, Tel: (04) 802-3812 (w), 025 468 767, (04) 934-8541 (h) or Lyndy McIntyre (04) 9055 185 or 027 243 7031.

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