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Hawkes Bay Identified as Worst Region for Workplace Injuries

The latest data from Statistics New Zealand shows that 230,200 claims were made to ACC for a work-related injury in 2015 and 31,000 of those were for entitlement.

Earlier this month, the wider Hawkes Bay area was identified as the worst region in New Zealand when it comes to workplace injuries with a worrying rate of 151 injuries per 1,000 full-time workers.

WorkSafe spokesman Brett Murray warned that the summer months should be a particular concern to employers when it comes to health and safety.

“Summer does create some new or add additional risks, especially those who are working long days as dehydration and fatigue can lead to potentially fatal accident,” he said.

“I encourage each workplace in New Zealand to start the year by discussing health and safety and taking positive steps, such as discussing workplace risks with teams, checking personal protective equipment, including hearing protection, safety glasses or face shields.”

 

by Nicola Middlemiss | 31 Jan 2017

HRM New Zealand