New Zealand trails behind other nations in health and safety

Rural Exchange 14/04/2018

Workplace safety is often an underrated aspect to improving a farm’s productivity.

But the Workplace Safety Minister wants to change that attitude.

Iain Lees-Galloway, Minister for Workplace Relations & Safety, told Rural Exchange that the country has a long way to go to catch up with other nations.  

“New Zealand doesn’t have a great health and safety record,” he said. “And Pike River was a really good wake-up for us.”

“We’re a long way behind the likes of Europe, the UK and Australia,” he said.

Mr Lees-Galloway acknowledged that the rural sector faces unique injuries and fatalities, but that WorkSafe wants to help get farm owners on board.

“Safe workplaces are productive workplaces,” he said. “It’s not rocket science.”

When asked by Richard Loe whether the “red tape” of WorkSafe puts off farmers, the Minister responded that WorkSafe wants to help shift attitudes towards health and safety.

“What we really need to do is get people thinking about health and safety as just a core part of doing business.”

Watch the full interview with Iain Lees-Galloway above.

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