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Mitigating risk to your business The recent rupture to the 168km pipeline from Whangarei to Auckland has certainly put the “fox in the chook house” when it comes to culpability, blame and the cost to the New Zealand economy. It has been estimated that the cost could be up to $15...

Managing known risks I recently read an article from WorkSafe NZ regarding managing risk (read article here) and the consequential financial impact on the company involved must be really hurting them. Could this be your business and could you wear the cost? Instead, take immediate action to manage known risks. The points to be...

Notification of Accidents OUCH! The recent prosecution of an Auckland kitchen manufacturer for: Two different workers sustaining injury using the same saw bench; Not reporting accidents to WorkSafe NZ; and Not implementing any systems to identify or to manage workplace hazards and risks, even though WorkSafe NZ had issued the company...

On the 1st of December 2017, the new Hazardous Substances Regulations will come into force. The emphasis of these new regulations will be on the application and management of hazardous substances in the workplace, applying risk management practices and the importance of training and informing all workers who use hazardous...

We trained hard but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of...

Getting it right the first time! It was Abraham Lincoln who said, “if I had nine hours to cut down a tree, I would spend six hours sharpening my axe”. When it comes to the employment systems in your business, have you planned for this or is it something that just happens...

As a business owner, are you aware of a private member's bill before Parliament that will place a greater obligation on your business to offer greater protection in employment to victims of domestic violence?  If not, you need to read this. The member's bill was put forward by Jan Logie of...

Over the past 18 months, there has been a lot of discussion about the importance of business culture for effective health and safety management. What is not often discussed is the negative effect on a business's productivity and the financial impact. For many, the concept of health and safety, being a...

If your business has been stung or ripped off by poor service, who is to blame - the service provider or yourself (for not practicing caveat emptor before hiring the service)? Caveat emptor simply means “let the buyer beware". This Latin principle means that the buyer alone is responsible for checking...

Although the following article was written in 2013,  the consequences could be the same or worse, following the introduction of the Health and Safety At Work Act 2015. The following fatality was an actual event - details have been changed for the protection of the family. Some of the information is...