Hundreds have say on workplace safety

NZ Newswire December 3, 2012, 12:40 pm

A taskforce set up to review workplace safety has received more than 400 submissions.

The Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety, established by the government in the aftermath of the Pike River mining disaster, has begun assessing information after hitting the road to get the views of organisations and individuals.

"Many organisations and individuals share the same concerns as we do about the state of our current workplace health and safety system.

"I also believe there is a groundswell of support for the types of changes we will almost certainly be recommending in our final report," said taskforce chief and Shell Oil New Zealand chairman Rob Jager.

The submissions and the insight of experts and reference groups will be used to compile its recommendations for the government.

The consultation document highlighted the fact that the death and injury toll on the job in New Zealand is twice that of Australia and almost six times that of the UK.

The taskforce, set up by former labour minister Kate Wilkinson, is undertaking the first strategic review of workplace safety systems in 20 years.

It will make recommendations by April 30 next year on measures to achieve the government's goal of a 25 per cent reduction in deaths and serious injuries by 2020.

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