09 January 2002
“Young workers will be better protected under new workplace health and safety law,” said Council of Trade Unions president Ross Wilson today.
“The death of a 14 year old worker in Taranaki is a tragic beginning to our working year, which highlights the need for better health and safety law.”
Ross Wilson said changes to our health and safety law were aimed at preventing workplace accidents.
“OSH has pointed out that training and supervision of young workers was an issue in a number of workplace deaths of young workers last year,” he said.
“The changes to the law will mean workers, including young workers, are much more involved in ensuring their own workplace safety.”
Ross Wilson said the new law would provide for trained, elected health and safety representatives to work with their employers to make their own workplaces safer.
“Too often young workers are unaware of the dangers at work and do not receive sufficient training in safety equipment,” he said.
“The new law will ensure that workers are much more aware of what they need to do to prevent accidents and keep themselves safe and healthy.”