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Employer Bulletin | 24 October

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Following the death of 52-year-old Julian Bruins Yates, whose van was struck when a trailer detached from a work vehicle, a WorkSafe investigation found that the trailer’s safety chain was not connected to the vehicle. Ultimate Design and Renovation (UDR) Limited, which owned the A-frame trailer and tow vehicle, and its operational arm ABC Aluminum Limited (ABC), have now been sentenced for health and safety failures. ABC and UDR did not have systems to ensure vehicles were kept in good working order, or systems to ensure drivers visually checked their vehicles before use. WorkSafe is warning businesses of the catastrophic consequences that can result from failing to undertake routine safety checks on trailers.

In today's Bulletin

  • Annual inflation at 5.6 percent
  • Runaway trailer involved in road fatality 
  • Consumers price index: September 2023 Quarter
  • One Employment court case and four Employment Relations Authority cases and twelve Bills open for public submission
If you have any questions, about this case or other employment relation matters, you can call the Advice Line team on 0800 800 362.
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