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Spate of workplace deaths despite new health and safety laws

Sunday, 2 July 2017

WorkSafe New Zealand has issued more than 3400 prohibition, improvement and infringement notices to employers in the first year of legislation aimed at cutting workplace tragedies.

April marked the one-year anniversary of the tightened regulations coming into force - and despite the legislation, seven people have died in work-related deaths in the past three weeks.

WorkSafe chief executive Nicole Rosie said the increase in fatalities was concerning.

"It does raise a concern about whether people are continuing to keep their focus and focus on the right stuff.

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