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

 

Wet concrete and skin don’t mix

24 March 2005

Wet concrete and skin don’t mix

Kneeling in wet concrete for up to an hour left two Otago construction workers with third-degree burns and needing skin grafts.

The Department of Labour’s occupational safety and health service investigated the incident last May, and charged the men’s employer, Calder Development Ltd, under the Health and Safety in Employment Act.

Calder Developments was today convicted in the Dunedin District Court and ordered to pay reparation of $10,000 for failing to identify the wet concrete as a workplace hazard and provide the workers with proper protective clothing. No fine was imposed.

OSH Otago manager Mark Murray said freshly mixed, wet concrete was extremely alkaline, and prolonged contact with skin could cause chemical burns. Amputation was possible in severe cases.

In May last year, the two workers, who were wearing thin cotton overalls, knelt on wet concrete to level the floor of a sump. The skin on their shins and knees was exposed to the concrete for up to an hour before they noticed any discomfort. They ended up being hospitalised for eight days and needed skin grafts.

Mr Murray said by the time a person became aware of cement burns, the damage had already been done. The burn could continue to get worse even after the cement had been rinsed off.

“Our advice is simple – wear the proper protective gear and avoid exposing skin to wet concrete or cement. That goes for construction workers or home DIYers.”

He said the company failed its duties to employees because it didn’t warn them of the dangers of working with wet concrete, or ensured that they wore appropriate protective gear such as rubber boots, heavy grade PVC gloves, and leggings to minimise skin contact with the wet cement.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whitall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>

 

Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election