Sep 5th 2022
Recent construction site incidents prompt calls for renewed focus on health and safety
Recent incidents on New Zealand construction sites have prompted calls for a renewed focus on health and safety.
WorkSafe NZ statistics show two construction workers are killed on the job every month, and just over one worker is seriously injured every day.
“Workers, families, whānau and communities pay the cost of poor health and safety practices in construction every day through illness, injury and death. This must change immediately,” says WorkSafe Chief Executive Phil Parkes.
“Our construction sector has a terrible record of workers getting killed or injured on the job. It’s not good enough. We welcome WorkSafe’s investigations into these recent incidents, but we also know responding after the fact isn’t enough to turn things around,” says Council of Trade Unions (CTU) President Richard Wagstaff.
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