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GRADING UNITY

The NZ Institute of Safety Management has signed a mutual recognition agreement with IOSH, the world’s largest OHS professional body, which means a member’s grading within one body will automatically be accepted at the equivalent level of the other.

MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE

Paul Robert Burr has been charged with manslaughter over the death of 20-year-old forestry worker Lincoln Kidd near Levin in December 2013. He also faces charges under the HSE Act.

INVESTIGATION TIME

A judge has criticised WorkSafe for the time it takes to conduct an investigation and bring proceedings to court. “I should have thought that a focused investigation of a tragedy of this kind should be able to be completed within three months and charges laid if that is the outcome,” said Judge Chris McGuire during sentencing over a forestry fatality.

UK FATALS: RECORD LOW

Provisional figures from the Health and Safety Executive show 133 workers were killed in Great Britain in the year ending March 2014, 17 fewer than the number the previous year (though the figure does not include 70 members of the public who were killed in accidents related to work). The fatality rate of 0.44 per 100,000 workers is the lowest rate on record.

EXTRACTIVES ALERT

WorkSafe has issued an alert for the extractive industries after a coroner recommended alluvial gold mines install perimeter bunding to prevent the kind of incident in which a boy drowned when his father’s vehicle rolled into a sludge pond at a mine site near Hokitika.

STAR RATING PROGRESS

The proposed Safety Star Rating System, under development by WorkSafe NZ, ACC and MBIE, is likely to undergo limited preliminary trials in coming months before being more widely tested in 2015 and 2016.

AUSTRALIA: FATALITIES DROP

In 2013 there were 191 work-related fatalities in Australia, down from 228 in 2012. The figures include 43 people killed on public roads when they were driving for work purposes, or were struck by vehicles driven for work purposes. The fatality rate of 1.64 per 100,000 workers was the lowest since the current data series began in 2003.

HOW TO TELEWORK

AUT University’s NZ Work Research Institute has released a Telework Briefing which collects the key findings on managing telework. The summarised research indicates that when a healthy balance is struck, teleworkers are more satisfied, more engaged, experience less stress, and have a better work-life balance.

MODEL LAW REVIEW

The Australian Government is to review the new Model Work Health and Safety Law barely two years after it came into effect in some jurisdictions, with a view to reducing “red tape”.

HEIGHT RULES SAVES LIVES

Tighter rules governing work at height are saving money and lives in the residential construction sector, according to an independent investigation commissioned by SARNZ and carried out by BRANZ.

HASANZ LAUNCHED

The Health and Safety Association of New Zealand has been launched to represent all professional bodies connected with workplace health and safety. It replaces OHSIG, the Occupational Health and Safety Industry Group. See hasanz.org.nz for details.

NEW COMPLIANCE SITE

MBIE has launched a new online tool called Compliance Matters designed for small businesses to access their central government compliance requirements in one place. The site covers compliance requirements from seven agencies.

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