Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Teenage Workers Don’t Need to Die


Teenage Workers Don’t Need to Die

“The pitiful fine of $15,000 awarded against a rubbish collection firm for failing to ensure the safety of a teenage worker highlights the need for tougher workplace health and safety law,’ said Council of Trade Unions president Ross Wilson today.

“We urgently need a law which ensures young workers like 16-year old Brady Williams are properly trained and supervised," he said.

Brady Williams was crushed to death when he fell into the compactor of a rubbish truck while collecting recycling bins for rubbish collection company Street Smart.

Ross Wilson said new H&S law was focused on ensuring safe systems of work. “A safe system of work means no young worker undertakes work without adequate training and proper supervision,” he said.

“Earlier this year a group of mothers of young workers told a parliamentary select committee that we need tougher workplace health and safety laws to ensure the safety of young workers of the future.”

Ross Wilson said increased fines were needed when employers failed to provide safe systems of work.

“We hear plenty from politicians and employers representatives who trivialise workplace deaths and complain about so-called massive fines,” he said.

“The reality is that fines are pitifully small and it is only for those employers who fail to take reasonable steps to provide a safe workplace.”

Ross Wilson said Brady Williams' death was not an ‘accident’.

“OSH have pointed out safety mechanisms that could have been installed, and that an emergency safety trip bar was not functioning, and the controls on the truck and the manual were written in Japanese," he said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news