Starting the working year safely

Harness the power of your whole team to assess and manage the risks of your business this New Year, says WorkSafe.

“A big part of staying well at work is good health and safety habits – and it’s surprising how even a short break away can see those habits slip.  Don’t just assume everyone has recharged the batteries and is raring to go. A bit of time spent discussing your safety systems and procedures will be time well spent.” says WorkSafe’s Brett Murray, General Manager Operations and Specialist Services.

The serious injury outcome indicators released late last year by Statistics New Zealand show that businesses across New Zealand are making strides in health and safety with positive trends in both work-related fatal and non-fatal injuries.

“While the downward trend is encouraging, the number of people being seriously injured at work is still too high,” added Mr Murray.

WorkSafe received 2587 Notifications of Notifiable Illness or Injury in 2016. This release was regionalised so please see below for the table of statistics.

“I encourage each workplace in New Zealand to start the year by discussing health and safety and taking positive steps, such as discussing workplace risks with teams, checking Personal Protective Equipment including, hearing protection, safety glasses or face shields.

“Summer, well for those of you experiencing a summer, does create some new or add additional risks, especially those who are working long days as dehydration and fatigue can lead to potentially fatal accidents.

“Finally, don’t forget to include other risks in your discussions, such as welding fumes, wood dust and carbon monoxide or other airborne contaminants.”

Every year, an estimated 600-900 people die in New Zealand from work-related health issues and a further 5,000-6,000 are hospitalised with cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other chronic illnesses from workplace exposure to airborne contaminants.

“Starting the year by discussing health safety is part of ensuring that we can all go home safe and healthy at the end of the day.” said Mr Murray.

Notifications of Notifiable Illness or Injury by Region 2016

 

Region2016
Auckland 685
Bay of Plenty 167
Canterbury 436
Gisborne 31
Hawkes Bay 95
Manawatu-Whanganui 131
Marlborough 39
Nelson 53
Northland 84
Not Defined 31
Otago 155
Southland 80
Taranaki 74
Tasman 9
Waikato 261
Wellington 228
West Coast 28
Total 2587



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