In New Zealand, legislation has passed the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. It is part of a reform package seeking to reduce the number of serious work-related injuries and fatalities in the country by at least a quarter of its rate by the year 2020. On an annual basis, there are 52 Kiwis who die whilst on the job, along with more than hundreds seriously injured and a little less than a thousand eventually passing due to work-related diseases.
Safety First: Focusing on Prevention
The most common causes of serious injuries in the construction industry are slips, trips and falls. As one of the top four sectors with the highest worker injury rates and double the average for all other sectors when it comes to worker fatalities, the industry should focus on prevention. Implementing strict compliance with a company’s health and safety signs is one possible way of prioritising safety. Human lives have no equivalent price tag, but to emphasise how health, safety and prevention of injuries can affect the productivity of a company, here is the breakdown of its costs.
The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) pays more than $100 million dollars annually in the construction sector alone, whilst the total costs of all workplace injuries in New Zealand amount to more than $1.3 billion. This is why you should prioritise the safety of your workers.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
As New Zealand’s workplace health and safety law, the HSWA imposes the principles, duties and rights relevant to workplace health and safety. The HSWA declares how senior business leaders are responsible for the health and safety of a company’s workers.
Companies need to manage the various hazards at work, and this begins with every business leader recognising the health and safety risks in the company’s workplace. It is in identifying the hazards to health and safety wherein management can reduce potential injury and illness.
Always remember how prevention is always better than cure—and placing a premium on safety is a celebration of life.