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Ensuring worker safety in the construction sector of New Zealand

A critical lesson from recent events

September 29, 2023

In a recent incident reported by, two companies faced substantial fines after a worker suffered a severe injury on a construction site. This unfortunate incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of safety in the construction and infrastructure sector in New Zealand.

Incident Overview:
  • The incident involved a construction worker who suffered a broken back while working on a construction site.
  • Two companies were held responsible for failing to ensure a safe work environment for their employees.
  • The companies faced significant fines, highlighting the serious consequences of neglecting safety protocols.
Key Takeaways:
  • Safety Must Be a Top Priority: The incident underscores the need for construction companies to prioritize safety above all else. Workplace accidents can have devastating consequences for employees and their families, as well as legal and financial repercussions for companies.
  • Compliance with Regulations: Companies operating in the construction sector must be well-versed in safety regulations and ensure strict compliance. This incident serves as a reminder that regulatory bodies will hold those responsible for safety violations accountable.
  • Training and Development: To prevent such incidents, ongoing training and development of workers are paramount. Workers should be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify and mitigate potential hazards.

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