Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


"Reduced" injuries a statistical mirage

Hon Ruth Dyson
Minister for Disability Issues
Associate Minister for Accident Insurance

MP for Banks Peninsula

Media Statement

16 February 2000

"Reduced" injuries a statistical mirage

"The insurance industry's claims of improved health and safety since the introduction of private work accident insurance schemes were further discredited at today's Select Committee hearings," says Associate ACC Minister Ruth Dyson.

"The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union, whose 60,000 members includes those in some of the highest risk industries, says injury prevention has not improved. Rather, employers and insurance companies are devising strategies to hide injuries, including subtle ways of bribing workers.

"The Council of Trade Unions today raised similar concerns. The CTU points out that the stated incentives for employers to invest in injury prevention in the private schemes are weak and display "breathtaking naivety". The measures fail to recognise the broad range of factors involved in workplace accidents.

"These submissions reinforce the message the Committee has received from other submissions - especially from health service providers - of widespread under-reporting of accidents.

"Even with under-reporting, the accident record since privatisation looks very poor. Serious accidents reported to OSH in the period July-December 1999 dropped by just 4.6% compared with the same period in 1998. Whereas they had dropped by 24.8% between 1997 and 1998 for the same July-December period.

"The Government's policy is designed to address the flaws in the current system as well as the past regime. We are primarily concerned with reducing accidents, not rendering them invisible, as is happening today," says Ms Dyson.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joseph Cederwall: The End Of ‘Objectivity’ In Journalism

... and the dawn of something much better?
2019 looks like it might well be another really bad, terrible, not so good year for the traditional journalism model globally. Already in January three leading US digital outlets—BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post, and Vice announced layoffs that have left many accomplished journalists unemployed. Consolidation of journalism looks set to continue unabated as larger (sharky) media conglomerates swallow up smaller players globally. We also appear to be witnessing the death throes of the concept of ‘objective’ truth in journalism. However, perhaps that is not at all as bad as it sounds, and we are just finally waking up to the reality that it never really existed in the first place... More>>


Environment: Government To End Tenure Review

“Tenure review has resulted in parcels of land being added to the conservation estate, but it has also resulted in more intensive farming and subdivision on the 353,000 ha of land which has been freeholded. This contributed to major landscape change and loss of habitat for native plants and animals,” said Eugenie Sage. More>>


Bell Tolls: Big Changes, Grand Mergers Planned For Vocational Training

“At a time when we’re facing critical skill shortages, too many of our polytechnics and institutes of technology are going broke... More>>


Sallies' State Of The Nation: Progress Stalled In Reducing Inequality

The report shows a lack of tangible progress in key areas including record levels of household debt and a growing gap in educational achievement between poorer and more well off communities. More>>


Party Politics In Tax Morale Survey: SSC To Seek Answers From IRD

Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins has today asked the State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes to examine IRD’s reported inappropriate use of a public survey. More>>


Health: Prohibiting Smoking In Vehicles Carrying Children

Under the change, Police will be able to require people to stop smoking in their cars if children (under 18) are present. Police will also be able to use their discretion to give warnings, refer people to stop-smoking support services, or issue an infringement fee of $50... It is expected that this amendment will become law by the end of 2019. More>>


Waitangi Day: Nationwide Events Commemorate Treaty Signing

“From large-scale events attracting tens of thousands of people such as those at Hoani Waititi Marae in Auckland and the Porirua Waterfront, to smaller gatherings in areas as far flung as the Chatham Islands and to the significant commemorations at Waitangi, these events are an opportunity for us to reflect on the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.” More>>





InfoPages News Channels