NIGEL HAMPTON says his experience prosecuting two forestry companies demonstrates the value of private prosecutions in holding the regulator to account. Background – lessons learned from Pike River First, some background. In a 50-plus year career in the law, until 2010 I had never practised in the field of health and safety, nor had I ...more
From the submission hearings, the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy A new corporate manslaughter law in the wake of the Pike River disaster would not resolve the issues that cause workplace accidents, says an employers’ association spokesman. Paul Jarvie, Employer and Manufacturers Association (EMA) occupational health and safety manager, told Safeguard ...more
The high rate of occupational accidents and deaths in New Zealand demonstrates insufficient respect for basic human rights, says a business academic. Dr Jonathan Barrett, a lecturer from the School of Business at the Open Polytechnic, told a conference in Wellington that this poor record, and a system which balanced death and injury against costs ...more
Evidence presented so far at the commission of enquiry into the Pike River explosion prompted members of the Safeguard forum to discuss the Department of Labour’s performance in monitoring the mine and in regulating the mining sector. In turn, this led to an interesting question: Could the Department of Labour (DoL) prosecute itself under the ...more
In the aftermath of the Pike River mining tragedy, Health and Safety professionals, members of the Safeguard forum discuss where to from here. Their posts, informed and impassioned, are united by a desire to learn from the disaster.