A leading Tauranga employment lawyer is warning all New Zealanders to make health and safety a top priority in their workplace to avoid being held accountable under new legislation due to be passed this year.
Sharp Tudhope Lawyers' Associate Shima Grice has made submissions on the bill and on the draft health and safety regulations on behalf of Freight Logistics Action Group (Flag) which represents the Bay of Plenty's freight, logistics, forestry, farming and agriculture sectors.
A recent assault which saw an Auckland Transport parking warden left with a fractured rib and a partially punctured lung highlights the issue of making sure workers are safe on the job.
Employees in roles that have a social stigma can be exposed to verbal and physical abuse.
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Next year, when a new Health and Safety Reform Bill is due to be passed, employers will have even greater responsibility to ensure staff have been provided with adequate training and resources to cope with an armed robbery.
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