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Health and Safety Reforms - Webinar Package

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Simon Mitchell Penny Swarbrick  
Simon Mitchell
Penny Swarbrick
Swarbrick Beck Mackinnon

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Webinar Archive Presentation

Presentation time 120 minutes
Workplace statistics demonstrate that New Zealand’s health and safety record is not good. Lessons learned from the Pike River Mine disaster needed to be addressed.

Consequently, the new Health and Safety Reform Bill will replace the current Act, bringing in the most significant reforms in 20 years. Already, a new Health and Safety regulator (WorkSafe) has been created - a very different agency practitioners will need to understand and work with.

The new legislation will create a due diligence duty requiring those in governance roles to proactively manage workplace health and safety and will underpin a tiered liability regime with a significant increase in penalties for breaching those duties.

This seminar will provide you with the opportunity to ensure that you understand the wide-ranging implications of these reforms and are able to assist your clients with robust advice in this area.

Topics will include:

  • An overview of the requirements of the new legislation.
  • What clients and lawyers need to know about the changes.
  • Who will be potentially liable under the new Act.
  • Employee rights and obligations.
  • Obligations of company directors and officers.
  • Penalties for breaches.
  • Dealing with WorkSafe.

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Authors: Simon Mitchell, Penny Swarbrick
Published: 10 June 2014
Pages: 35


The Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (“HSEA”), has provided a blueprint for health and safety law in New Zealand for over twenty years. It appears universally accepted that the law has become outdated and required a change to ensure that New Zealand work places operate as safely as possible.

New Zealand’s record
New Zealanders become sick and are killed and injured in their workplaces at an alarming rate. Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment statistics establish that, including road deaths, there are about 100 work related fatal injuries in New Zealand every year. Removing road deaths, there were 77 fatalities in 2010, 46 in 2011, 47 in 2012 and 51 in 2013. Of those workers, some 94% were men. The agricultural, forestry and fishing sectors have the highest number of fatal work related deaths.

Deaths from work related injury are primarily due to accidents involving motor vehicles, machinery related accidents; water transport accidents, people being struck by falling objects, and people falling.

1 http://www.business.govt.nz/worksafe/research/health-and-safety-data


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Number of Slides: 61

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