More Than 200 New Zealand Organizations Make Pledge for Workplace Safety
Republished with permission from ReduceYourWorkersComp.com
In 2011, close to 250 New Zealand businesses and organizations made a strong commitment to improve health and safety in their area of work with more expected this year, according to the Department of Labor
The Department of Labor's Partners in Action pledge was launched in 2011 as part of the Government's National Action Agenda to reduce harm at work. It asks signatories to work towards achieving zero harm in New Zealand workplaces. (WCxKit)
Since its launch, 237 New Zealand employers, employees, industry groups and government organizations have signed the pledge.
“In New Zealand too many people die or suffer serious harm at work – through accidents or through occupational diseases. We are pleased to see so many companies committed to making workplaces safer and healthier for all who work in them,” says the Department's Deputy Chief Executive Health and Safety, Lesley Haines.
“There are some excellent examples of businesses leading the way in keeping their people safe and healthy,” Haines added.
Signatories include Higgins Construction Limited, which has implemented its ‘Our Way' program to build safety into every task it completes, and Mainzeal Property and Construction which has an impressive plan to deal with the hazards its workers face at the Benmore Dam.
“These are great examples of how businesses can put health and safety at the forefront of their business planning – we want to see more of this,” Haines continued. “Reducing the work toll makes good business sense and is in everyone's interest and it's something we all must be responsible for – government, employees, employers and industry organizations. (WCxKit)
“I encourage all organizations into 2012 to consider signing up to the Pledge and to make health and safety a priority. Good health and safety is good business.”
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