Manufacturing is vital to New Zealand’s economy employing around 240,000 people. It represents around 10% of the New Zealand workforce but contributes to 21% of workplace severe injury claims.
There were 38 fatal accidents between 2008 and 2014 in manufacturing sector – an average of five a year.
As well the risks of working with machinery, tools and vehicles, manufacturing workers also risk exposure on a daily basis to dusts, welding fumes and other airborne substances, including asbestos that can lead to serious ill-health or even an early death.
38fatal accidents from 2008 to 2014
4180severe injuries per year on average
137people estimated to have died from airborne exposure to dusts, fumes and asbestos in 2010