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Employer Bulletin | 11 September

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In a devastating workplace accident, 19-year-old Matthew Nevill suffered the partial amputation of three fingers while attempting to repair a conveyor belt chain during his summer job at Clyde Orchards in February 2021. Clyde Orchards (1990) Limited has been sentenced for their safety failures, as determined by the Alexandra District Court.

A WorkSafe investigation unveiled poor machinery safeguarding, inadequate risk assessment, and a lack of lockout procedures to protect workers, leading to Matthew's injuries. The involved conveyor has been decommissioned to prevent future accidents.

Steve Kelly, WorkSafe's area investigation manager, stressed the severity of the injuries and the need for improved seasonal worker safety, emphasising that anyone on staff could have faced such risks.

In today's Bulletin

  • New Zealand wins CPTPP dispute against Canada
  • Farmers and cyclone-affected properties supported with tax rule
  • Spring's Junction Cafe fined a second time for employment breaches 
  • New Zealand's filled jobs up to 1.1 percent for June 2023
  • Preventable injury puts seasonal worker safety in focus. 
  • Five Employment Relations Authority cases and nine Bills open for public submission
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