Improvement in New Zealand’s health & safety statistics

A research project undertaken by University of Canterbury Engineering honours students has found an improvement in New Zealand’s construction industry health and safety statistics.

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of construction industry-related health and safety incidents in the OECD, however over the past decade this rate has dropped 20 percent in terms of injuries and fatalities.

The Canterbury University study attributes New Zealand’s improved numbers to better leadership and management, health and safety targets, and an overall better health and safety culture with increased incident reporting.

The recently introduced Health and Safety Reform Bill is expected to further assist in improving New Zealand’s Health and Safety statistics, with the government aiming to reduce workplace injuries and fatalities overall by 25 percent by 2020. For more on the bill read our blog post here.

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