The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (‘HSWA’) came into effect on 4 April 2016. It took until 22 August 2017 for the first sentencing decision of the District Court to emerge, WorkSafe New Zealand v Budget Plastics (New Zealand) Ltd [2017] NZDC 17395. The second, WorkSafe New Zealand v Rangiora Carpets Ltd [2017]… Read More.

The problem for sufferers of occupational overuse syndrome is that from both a medical and legal perspective, it is difficult to differentiate between psychological and physiological pain. Pain is a subjective issue. At one end of occupational overuse syndrome, there will be clear evidence of a sprain or strain involved with carpal tunnel syndrome. At… Read More.

Introduction The law governing health and safety obligations in New Zealand was recently updated with the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (‘the Act’). This Act imposes legal obligations on people conducting any business activity in New Zealand. All New Zealand businesses should be updating their practices and procedures to comply… Read More.

Campylobacter outbreak in Havelock North The recent water crisis in Havelock North is the biggest outbreak of waterborne disease ever recorded in New Zealand. According to the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, approximately 5200 people, one third of the town’s population, were struck by the campylobacter disease, which contaminated the town’s water supply. Along with… Read More.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (‘the Act’) came into force on 4 April 2016, bringing new responsibilities for everyone in the workplace. The Act is part of a reform package aimed at reducing the number of serious work-related injuries and deaths in New Zealand by at least 25 percent by 2020. The… Read More.

[Spring 2015] There are two issues which have been given particular prominence in the media of late relating to employment practices. They are zero hour contracts and the reporting back on the Health & Safety Reform Bill from the Select Committee. This article looks at the implications of both Bills which are at different stages… Read More.

[Spring 2015] Two new pieces of legislation will affect the way landlords and tenants view their responsibilities for strengthening buildings and for ensuring they provide a safe place of work. The Building (Earthquake-Prone Buildings) Amendment Bill (EPB Bill) will establish time frames within which building owners must assess and then either strengthen or demolish buildings… Read More.

[Spring 2014] The sentencing in 2014 of Gloria Davis-Karetai who owned and operated the Easy Rider fishing vessel with her husband has provided a warning to all husband and wife business owners that safety must be paramount when running a business. The Easy Rider prosecution has been well documented in the media. The vessel was heading out… Read More.