CTU Slams OSH Analysis Of Fatal Accidents As ‘Freakish’
“OSH cannot discharge its important role adequately as long as its senior managers accept that the mounting toll of workplace fatalities is ‘freakish’,” Council of Trade Unions president Ross Wilson said today.
OSH Auckland Branch Manager John Forrest has described the current crisis of fatal workplace accidents as ‘freakish’.
The toll of fatal accidents for the first 7 months of this year is already 52 compared with 39 for the previous 12 month period.
Ross Wilson said it seems clear from information in the media that the workplace deaths and accidents this year have been caused by unsafe work places.
“Despite popular myth, work accidents and disease do not generally occur because of apathy, carelessness or stupidity on the part of workers, but through unsafe and unhealthy systems, processes and tools of work,” he said.
“OSH must therefore use every legal power and tool available to encourage employers and workers to develop and maintain safe and healthy systems of work in all workplaces, including proper knowledge, training and supervision.
Ross Wilson said it was clear from our appalling statistics that we are failing.
“More than 500 people die of work-related trauma or disease in New Zealand every year,” he said.
“The statements on behalf of OSH suggest that accidents can’t be prevented and that is a huge concern.
“It underlines the importance of the legal changes in the new OSH Bill to give workers rights and powers to protect themselves at work,” he said.