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

 


WorkSafe New Zealand inspectors at forestry fatality site

19 December 2013

WorkSafe New Zealand inspectors at forestry fatality site

WorkSafe NZ inspectors are at the site of the forestry fatality reported this morning near Waikanae. Inspectors specialising in forestry are on their way from Rotorua to assist them.

“It is concerning that in the first week of WorkSafe NZ’s operations we have to deal with the 10th forestry-related death in 2013,” WorkSafe NZ’s Acting Chief Executive Geoffrey Podger said.

“It’s happened in the tree felling sector – acknowledged by all in the industry to be, with hauling logs to loading sites, the most dangerous parts of the forestry industry.

“It is no consolation to the ten families, workmates and communities at all, but it confirms to me that our work is targeted at the right place.

“I can assure those families and the industry that WorkSafe NZ has forestry safety on its highest priority list, but I want to see similar commitments throughout the industry, Mr Podger said.

“Our assessment of cable hauling operations that’s been running since mid-August has given us real cause for concern about the state of the industry and the commitment of every player to keeping those workers safe. From 162 visits now done, we’ve had to take enforcement action 203 times including shutting down 15 operations.

‘There’s a problem in this industry and it won’t be solved until everyone’s on the same course with the regulator,” Mr Podger said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Interest Rates: Wheeler Hikes OCR To 3% On Inflationary Pressures, Eyes Kiwi

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler lifted the official cash rate for the second time in as many months, saying non-tradable inflationary pressures were "becoming apparent" in an economy that’s picking up pace and he's watching the impact of a strong kiwi dollar on import prices. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Equity Crowd Funding Carries Risks, High Failure Rate

Equity crowd funding, which became legal in New Zealand this month, comes with a high risk of failure based on figures showing existing forays into social capital have a success rate of less than 50 percent, one new entrant says. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Migration Rises To 11-Year High In March

The country gained a seasonally adjusted 3,800 net new migrants in March, the most since February 2003, said Statistics New Zealand. A net 400 people left for Australia in March, down from 600 in February, according to seasonally adjusted figures. More>>

ALSO:

Hugh Pavletich: New Zealand’s Bubble Economy Is Vulnerable

The recent Forbes e-edition article by Jesse Colombo assesses the New Zealand economy “ 12 Reasons Why New Zealand's Economic Bubble Will End In Disaster ”, seems to have created quite a stir, creating extensive media coverage in New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Thursday Market Close: Genesis Debut Sparks Energy Rally

New Zealand stock rose after shares in the partially privatised Genesis Energy soared as much as 18 percent in its debut listing on the NZX, buoying other listed energy companies in the process. Meridian Energy, MightyRiverPower, Contact Energy and TrustPower paced gains. More>>

ALSO:

Power Outages, Roads Close: Easter Storm Moving Down Country

The NZ Transport Agency says storm conditions at the start of the Easter break are making driving hazardous in Auckland and Northland and it advises people extreme care is needed on the regions’ state highways and roads... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news