No Excuse For Company to Be Operating Dangerous Machinery

Hazardous Snip Saw Used Unsafely for Seven Years

 

Tangiwai, New Zealand-based Winstone Pulp International has been ordered to pay a fine of $29,000 for a hazardous snip saw that had been used unsafely for more than seven years, according to the New Zealand Labour Group.

 

Winstone Pulp International was charged with one offense under Sections 7 and 50(1)(a) of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, which states: Being an employer, failed to ensure that there were in place effective methods for systematically identifying existing hazards to employees at work.

 

 

Saw Was An Accident Waiting to Happen

 

The Court recently heard that following an accident the saw was inspected by a Labour Group Health and Safety Inspector who observed that the was no effective guard on the saw – contrary to the general guidance about guarding provided by Ministry.

 

Labour Group General Manager, John Howard, noted “Unguarded machinery is extremely dangerous and an accident waiting to happen. The general guidance around guarding machinery is long-standing, well-understood and easily available from the Labour Group website.

 

 

No Excuse to Be Operating Dangerous Machinery

 

“There is also specific guidance around the required level of guarding for these types of saws. When you consider the time that this machine has been operational and unguarded together with the easy availability of clear guidance, then there is no excuse whatsoever for this company to be operating such an inherently dangerous piece of machinery.

   

“All too often employees are seriously injured at work, when it is their fundamental right to go home safe at the end of their working day,” Howard added.

 

MBIE-Labour has a three-year project under way to reduce the number of serious harm and fatal accidents resulting from the unsafe use of machinery.

 

 

<pAuthor Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com Contact mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

 


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New Zealand, Minnesota Looking to Boost Workplace Safety

 

New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Receiving $37 Million Increase

 

New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety will receive a $37 million boost over the next four years, Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson recently announced. Wilkinson also has ordered a full review of the country’s health and safety system by an independent taskforce to ensure it is fit-for-purpose.

 

 

Too many New Zealanders are injured or killed at work. People have a right to know that when they leave for work in the morning, they will be coming home safe and well at the end of the day,” Wilkinson commented in remarks following the announcement. [WCx]

 

 

The extra funding will be used to increase the number of front-line health and safety inspectors, further fund the High Hazards Unit, support targeted health and safety initiatives, and develop ICT to improve data sharing and analysis.

 

 

This investment will bolster the health and safety inspectorate and support initiatives to help improve the culture of workplace safety in New Zealand.”  The number of inspectors will increase to 180 over three years – a 20 percent increase that will place New Zealand in line with Australia.

 

 

We have seen from the success of the High Hazards Unit the importance of having the right people on the ground working closely with businesses,” Wilkinson said. “I have set a target of a 25 percent reduction in workplace deaths and serious injuries by 2020. A strong and effective regulator is the cornerstone of any health and safety system, and this funding will help ensure this target is met.”

 

 

According to Wilkinson, the independent taskforce, once established, will be asked to report back by the end of the year with fresh ideas to improve the system. The Government willrespond separately to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Pike River but any advice provided by the commission on wider health and safety issues will be considered as part of the review. [WCx]

 

 

We need to know whether our current health and safety system is fit-for-purpose and provides the right base to reduce workplace harm,” Wilkinson noted. “Our health and safety legislation is now 20 years old. This review is timely, particularly with the rebuild in Canterbury gearing up, and the Royal Commission due to report back in September.”

 

 

The additional funding is a result of contributions to the Health and Safety in Employment Levy.

 


Minnesota Congressman Seeks Answers on Mine Safety

 

 

Minnesota congressman John Kline (R) sent a letter the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) requesting an explanation as to why statistics indicate its workers are more likely to be injured on the job than miners and other industry workers according to the Associated Press.

 

 

In the letter, Kline noted U.S. Labor Department data shows MSHA had a rate of 5.69 injuries and illnesses per 100 employees during a five-year period, compared with a rate of 2.81 for the mining industry. Kline is seeking to have MSHA report on its plans to improve safety among its employees. [WCx]

 

 

MSHA has stated its “culture of prevention embeds safety and health as core values in all initiatives and ongoing activities,” Kline wrote in a letter to MSHA chief Joe Main. “However, it appears this core value is not being instilled in MSHA’s own safety and health initiatives.”

 

According to MSHA spokesman Jesse Lawder, the agency is reviewing Kline’s request. “MSHA takes the health and safety of its employees very seriously,” Lawder added.

 

Federal data indicates MSHA’s injury and illness rate decreased from 6.7 per 100 employees in 2008 to 5.2 last year (2011). But MSHA’s total injury and illness cases last year were approximately three times higher than the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to Kline.

 

In 2007, an MSHA inspector was among nine rescuers and miners who died in accidents 10 days apart at the Crandall Canyon mine in Utah. [WCx]

 

The purpose of the Mine Safety and Health Administration is to prevent death, disease, and injury from mining and to promote safe and healthful workplaces for the nation’s miners.

 

 

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Task Force Set to Reduce Workplace Deaths by 25 Percent

 

New Zealand business and workers' organizations have fallen in line with backing a review of workplace health and safety law to ensure workers protection.  According to a report from NZ Newswire, Labor Minister Kate Wilkinson ordered the review by an independent taskforce to determine whether or not the system was set up properly to cut the number of accidents in the workplace.[WCx]
 
 
"Too many New Zealanders are injured or killed at work. People have a right to know that when they leave for work in the morning, they will be coming home safe and well at the end of the day," Wilkinson commented.  The task force is to report back by the end of the year. BusinessNZ and the Council of Trade Unions both provided statements backing the review.
 
 
"There is widespread concern about the high rate of accidents and death at work in New Zealand compared with a number of other countries so a review is needed," said CTU president Helen Kelly.  BusinessNZ chief executive Phil O'Reilly notes the review was a long time in coming and the legislation needed to be kept up to date and relevant.
 
 
"The current system is not as clear as it should be, and fails to take account of the need for safety to be a responsibility of everyone in the workplace," O’Reilly stated.  The review comes as the rebuild after the Canterbury earthquakes gears up and the inquiry into the Pike River mining disaster is due to report back in September.  In addition, an extra $37 million will be spent over the next four years to increase the number of health and safety inspectors, provide more money for the new High Hazards Unit and fund other initiatives.
 
 
"This investment will bolster the health and safety inspectorate and support initiatives to help improve the culture of workplace safety in New Zealand," Wilkinson added. “We need to know whether our current health and safety system is fit-for-purpose and provides the right base to reduce workplace harm. Our health and safety legislation is now 20 years old. This review is timely, particularly with the rebuild in Canterbury gearing up, and the Royal Commission due to report back in September.”
 
 
Wilkinson has put in place a target of a 25 percent reduction in workplace deaths and serious injuries by 2020.

 

 

Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com Contact mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com

 


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Small but Mighty New Zealand Taking Occupational Injuries Seriously

New Zealand Employer Fined after Serious Injuries to Workers
 
Two companies  from Taranaki, New Zealand  have been fined a total of $71,500 after an employee suffered serious injuries when the hired machine he was operating rolled down a slope, pinning him underneath.
 

According to details
from the Department of Labour, Taranaki Civil Construction Limited was fined $38,500 and ordered to pay $12,000 in reparation to its employee who suffered a compound fracture to his right arm and lacerations to his scalp and neck. (WCxKit)  Graham Harris (2000) Limited , the company that hired out the roller, was fined $33,000 and ordered to pay $4,000 in reparation for failing to ensure the roller was safe to use.
 

The New Plymouth
 District Court  heard that the company was working on a project in New Plymouth to improve flood defenses in February this year.  The employee was using a roller to compact clay at the top of the stop bank.
 

The roller that the company hired was not fit for the operation as it did not have a roll over protective structure or a seat belt,” says the Department of Labour’s Taranaki Service Manager Jo Pugh.
 “This type of machinery is not appropriate to use on top of a narrow stop bank of clay and it put this employee at serious risk of harm,” says Pugh.  
 

 
This accident could have been prevented had some basic safety steps been followed, saving this employee from a number of operations that were required due to his injuries.”

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Australian and New Zealand Employer Fined after Worker Injury

New Zealand Employer Fined after Serious Injuries to Workers
 
Two companies from Taranaki, New Zealand have been fined a total of $71,500 after an employee suffered serious injuries when the hired machine he was operating rolled down a slope, pinning him underneath.
 

According to details 
from the Department of Labor, Taranaki Civil Construction Limited was fined $38,500 and ordered to pay $12,000 in reparation to its employee who suffered a compound fracture to his right arm and lacerations to his scalp and neck. (WCxKit) Graham Harris (2000) Limited, the company that hired out the roller, was fined $33,000 and ordered to pay $4,000 in reparation for failing to ensure the roller was safe to use.[WCx]
 

The New Plymouth 
District Court heard that the company was working on a project in New Plymouth to improve flood defenses in February this year.  The employee was using a roller to compact clay at the top of the stop bank.
 
The roller that the company hired was not fit for the operation as it did not have a roll over protective structure or a seat belt,” says the Department of Labour’s Taranaki Service Manager Jo Pugh. “This type of machinery is not appropriate to use on top of a narrow stop bank of clay and it put this employee at serious risk of harm,” says Pugh. 
 
 
 This accident could have been prevented had some basic safety steps been followed, saving this employee from a number of operations that were required due to his injuries.”A Kewdale, Australia, company engaged in designing and manufacturing semi-trailers has been fined $20,000 over an incident in which a worker was injured by a tanker that rolled off a stand, according to the Western Australia Department of Commerce.
 

Australian Employer Fined after Worker Injury
 
 
General Transport Equipment Pty., Ltd., pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety or health of a person not being an employee and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court this winter. (WCxKit)
 
 
In July 2009, General Transport was holding a tri-axle tanker trailer in its workshop that had undergone welding repairs. During the time it was being held, the tanker was empty and remained supported by a semi-trailer jack stand fabricated by General Transport.
 
 
On July 7, a worker was directed to perform a hydrostatic test on the tanker, a process where each separate compartment of the tanker is filled with water in turn, then pressurized to test for leaks.
 
 
During the filling of the front compartment there was a component failure that caused the tanker to roll to its left. A man not employed by General Transport who was working at a bench to the left of the tanker was trapped between the tanker and the bench, suffering pelvic bruising.
 
 
WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said the case demonstrated that safe systems of work needed to be in place at all times. [WCx]
 
 
It was fortunate that this man was not more seriously injured — or even killed — in this incident,” McCulloch said. “The court found it would have been reasonable to expect that the tanker would have been supported using appropriately rated trestles or stands, or that the employees should not have been allowed to hydro test without the tanker being properly supported.

This employer failed to take any practicable measures to ensure this task was performed in a safe manner, and the case should serve as a reminder to ensure that safe systems of work are in place at all times,” he said.

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New Zealand Woman Convicted for Lying about Ability to Work

 

Justice was served recently on a Glen Eden, New Zealand woman who evaded several previous Court appearances to face charges of defrauding the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC).
 
According to a report from ACC, Emi Tuala, a 44-year-old solo mother, appeared in the Waitakere District Court and was convicted of nine charges under the Crimes Act, and two charges under the ACC Act. (WCxKit)
 
 
Tuala was sentenced to six months’ supervision, three months’ community detention and was ordered to pay reparation of $6,939.89. She must also complete a budgeting course, and observe a nightly curfew during the period of community detention.

 

The charges related to a seven-month period between 2003 and 2004, during which Tuala was paid weekly compensation on the basis that an injury prevented her from working. ACC investigations subsequently revealed that Tuala had worked full-time throughout this period.

During the same period, Tuala also claimed reimbursement for home help costs that she never incurred. (WCxKit)
 

 
Tuala was originally summoned to appear in Court in February 2005. After she failed to appear, a warrant for her arrest was issued. She failed to attend subsequent Court hearings and further arrest warrants were issued.

 

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More Than 200 New Zealand Organizations Make Pledge for Workplace Safety

In 2011, close to 250 New Zealand businesses and organizations made a strong commitment to improve health and safety in their area of work with more expected this year, according to the Department of Labor

 
 
The Department of Labor’s Partners in Action pledge was launched in 2011 as part of the Government’s National Action Agenda to reduce harm at work. It asks signatories to work towards achieving zero harm in New Zealand workplaces. (WCxKit)
 
Since its launch, 237 New Zealand employers, employees, industry groups and government organizations have signed the pledge.
 
 
In New Zealand too many people die or suffer serious harm at work – through accidents or through occupational diseases. We are pleased to see so many companies committed to making workplaces safer and healthier for all who work in them,” says the Department’s Deputy Chief Executive Health and Safety, Lesley Haines.
 
 
There are some excellent examples of businesses leading the way in keeping their people safe and healthy,” Haines added.
 
 
Signatories include Higgins Construction Limited, which has implemented its ‘Our Way’ program to build safety into every task it completes, and Mainzeal Property and Construction which has an impressive plan to deal with the hazards its workers face at the Benmore Dam.
 
 
These are great examples of how businesses can put health and safety at the forefront of their business planning – we want to see more of this,” Haines continued. “Reducing the work toll makes good business sense and is in everyone’s interest and it’s something we all must be responsible for – government, employees, employers and industry organizations. (WCxKit)
 
 
I encourage all organizations into 2012 to consider signing up to the Pledge and to make health and safety a priority. Good health and safety is good business.” 
 
 
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New Zealand WC Bureau Finds More Alcohol Related Injuries During Graduation

New Zealand’s Workers Comp Bureau, the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and the Alcohol Advisory Council (ALAC) are reminding people to take care to avoid alcohol-related injury and harm. We are only a couple weeks from when schools begin graduation ceremonies.
 
 
In 2010, ACC received more 50,000 claims from people injured during holidays, with over 11,000 injuries resulting from falls in the home. The total cost of all these injuries to date is more than $32 million. ACC’s General Manager of Insurance and Prevention Services, Dr Keith McLea, says it is estimated that more than 20% of all injury claims received by ACC have alcohol as a contributing factor.
 
 
“Injuries don’t necessarily only occur when a person is intoxicated, but can also happen the next day when people are fatigued and may not be able to function fully or make good decisions. That makes them a danger at work and on the roads, but also at home where around one in three injuries happen,” McLea remarked.
 
 
During holiday seasons and graduations, more parties and gatherings can mean greater exposure to alcohol than usual for many people. McLea therefore suggests the following tips for hosts of parties:
 
1.      provide substantial food early on and keep it coming throughout
 
2.      plan activities so drinking isn’t the focus of the party
 
3.      provide a range of non-alcoholic drinks and activities
 
4.      if someone refuses a drink, don’t push it
 
5.      do not let people drive home – arrange safe transport for them or organize somewhere for them to stay.
 
 
Alcohol Advisory Council (ALAC) Chief Executive Officer, Gerard Vaughan, says holidays and graduations are a time for celebration and getting together with friends and family. However, sometimes these events can be ruined by too much alcohol.
 
 
As we head into the festive season, it is timely to think of the consequences for us as individuals, families, communities and the country as a whole when we take drinking too far,” Vaughan says. “The greatest problems occur when people get drunk. It’s then that the accidents, fights, problems with relationships and domestic violence increase. It’s also the little things that affect families such as being too hung over to participate in family events.”
 
 
Vaughan says employers and parents hosting parties should implement host responsibility provisions and ensure the function doesn’t get out of hand. Watch out for the younger staff, particularly those under 18, and check how the law applies if you’re the host or taking them out to licensed premises.
 
 
Vaughan noted those hosting parties at home should plan ahead to avoid situations which could lead to at-risk drinking.
 
 

“We encourage people to talk to their friends and families about easing up on the drink. This will help everyone have a good time. It will also lighten the load on emergency staff, which sees a lot of alcohol-related harm at this time of year,” he added

 

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New Zealand Study Health Risk from Solvent Use by Lab Techs

Exposure to solvents by medical laboratory workers may be a health risk according to a new study from the University of Otago, Wellington, published in The Journal of Rheumatology.
 
 
“Our study of 341 medical laboratory workers indicates they are more likely to develop a condition called Raynaud’s phenomenon, if they are exposed to solvents such as toluene or xylene. This raises concerns they could then have further serious health complications later in life,” said lead researcher Gordon Purdie.(WCxKit)
 
 
This is the first  research to show an occupational health hazard involving solvent use and Raynaud’s phenomenon (RP). Other studies overseas have shown similar solvent associations, but not with people exposed to solvents at work.
 
 
Raynaud’s phenomenon is vasoconstriction, or the narrowing of blood vessels in the hands and other extremities, and is characterized by pain, color changes and tautness or fullness of the fingers or toes. Raynaud’s phenomenon usually only occurs in cold conditions. For some people it may be a symptom or precursor of scleroderma, a rare connective tissue disease affecting multiple systems in the body and mainly amongst women.
 
 
The mainly female laboratory workers (79 percent) who used solvents in this study had higher rates of severe RP. Those who had worked with xylene or toluene doubled their risk of developing severe RP. It appears that lab workers who worked with acetone or chlorinated solvents, combined with xylene or toluene, also doubled their risk of developing RP. Risk of developing severe RP was even greater, in fact, nine times.
 
 
“I am concerned that 75 percent of those who worked with xylene or toluene handled wet sample slides without gloves. The majority had done so daily for over a decade,” Purdie said. “Absorption through the skin is a classic way for solvents to have a negative impact on health.” He said the study also found no difference in severe RP rates between the general population and those lab workers who had not used solvents in their work. He said this study highlights the need to minimize exposure and be careful in handling solvents in medical laboratories and other workplaces.(WCxKit)
 
 
Co-author and senior lecturer in Rheumatology at the University of Otago, Wellington, Dr Andrew Harrison, presented the study at the Australian Rheumatology Association Scientific Meeting in Brisbane. He said, “This is the first study to demonstrate a link between laboratory worker solvent exposure and symptoms of autoimmune connective tissue disease and has important implications for workplace health and safety.”

 
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New Zealand Employer Fined after Worker Loses Fingertip on Meat Grinder

New Zealand-based Tegel Foods Ltd. has been fined $41,250 following an accident at its Christchurch factory, where one of their 1,700 employees was injured using an unguarded machine.

 

 

According to information from New Zealand’s Department of Labour, the Christchurch District Court also ordered the company to pay $5,000 in reparation following the accident on 6 October 2010 which resulted in the employee having the top of her finger amputated. (WCxKit)

 

 

The employee was feeding meat through the mincer and her left hand was positioned close to where the meat comes out.  Due to the fitting on the mincer, the rotating blade was exposed while the machine was in operation,” said Department of Labour’s Christchurch Service Manager, Margaret Radford.

 

 

The employee’s left ring finger came into contact with the rotating blade and had to be amputated at the first knuckle. Our investigation found that there were a number of things the company should have done to prevent this employee losing the top of her finger.

 

 

The rotator blade should have been guarded and a hazard review should have been completed with the employee when she began work on the mincer.  A safe operating procedure for operating the mincer was also missing.

 

 

According to Radford, since the accident, Tegel Foods has placed a guard on the mincer and has developed a safe operating procedure and hazard register for this type of machine. It emerged in court that the company has now decommissioned the machine. (WCxKit)

 

Last year, the Department launched a nationwide project to help reduce the number and severity of machinery-related accidents.  In the first year of the project inspectors visited more than 1,400 workplaces to talk with employers and increase their awareness of machine guarding.

Note: this is ALSO a potential product liability claim, and an employer may wish to file a third-party action against the manufacturer of the equipment. Make sure your insurance companies are filing such claims for injuries which occur on equipment manufactuered by another company.


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