Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Bill 3/4

Margaret Wilson Labour

Workplace
Health and Safety - Facts

Source: Department of Labour, Occupational Health and Safety Service November
2001

New Zealand
deaths as a result of workplace-related injuries
160
New Zealand deaths as a
result of workplace-related illness
400
(estimate)
NZ serious
workplace-related injuries (5 days off or more)
30,000
NZ other workplace-related
injuries
242,000
 
Workdays lost
1.25 million
days
Total cost 3.18 billion
dollars
 
New Zealand - injury
record (60 or more days compensation)
7.6 per 100,000
workers
Australia 4.2 per 100,000
workers
 
Deaths in New Zealand as a
result of workplace injury
4.9 per 100,000
workers
Australia 3.8 per 100,000
workers
 
Industries with
the highest fatality rates
  1. Commercial Fishing
  2. Mining
  3. Forestry
Top 3
workplace-releated injuries
  1. Soft tissue injuries
  2. Lacerations
  3. Fractures & Dislocations
Top 3
workplace-related illnesses
  1. Hearing loss
  2. Muscular/skeletal Trauma
  3. Diseases affecting the lungs
Enforcement of
existing law
Breaches identified by
OSH
18,847
Prosecutions
taken
136
Successful
Prosecutions
118
 
Examples of
other countries with laws on stress and fatigue
Australia,
Sweden
 
Penalties
"Likely to cause serious
harm" (section 49)
$100,000 and/or 1
year
$500,000 and/or 2
years
Other offences (section 50) ,
if serious harm caused
$50,000 $250,000
Other offences (section 50),
in any other case
$25,000 $250,000
 
Range of fines
actually imposed under the existing law
$1,000
-$40,000
 
Average fine
imposed under the existing law
$6,200
 
Maximum fine
under
Commerce Act $5,000,000
Hazardous substances and New
OrganismsAct
$500,000 or 3
months
Resource Management
Act
$1,500 -
$200,000
 
Examples of
maximum fines in other countries:
UK Magistrates
Courts
$62,000
UK Crown Courts no limit
Australia - NSW $600, 000 (first offence)
$900,500 or 12 months jail (repeat offenders)
Australia - Victoria and
South Australia
$300,000
Canada $1.38M ( breach of the Canada
Labour Code)