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WorkSafe New Zealand is committed to helping make construction sites safer places for everyone.

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Why is site safety important?

  • Construction is one of New Zealand’s biggest industries with almost 200,000 workers – but it’s also one of the four sectors with the worst worker injury rates
  • Worker fatalities are more than double the average for all other sectors
  • The cost of workplace injuries is huge – ACC pays more than $100 million dollars per year in the construction sector. And that doesn’t include the cost to businesses in terms of lost productivity
  • Construction workers risk exposure on a daily basis to potential harmful dusts, fumes and asbestos that can lead to serious ill-health or even an early death
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Meet Steve and the Yappers

These animated videos have been created to help bosses and workers understand some of the key workplace health and safety concepts in a fun way. Check them out!

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New Health and Safety at Work Act

Find out what you need to know and be doing with the new Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA).

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New scaffolding Good Practice Guidelines

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