The enforcement actions issued for inadequate height
protection in construction in New Zealand have risen nearly
500% in the past three years but prosecutions have fallen
In Otago, for the same period, enforcements have risen 180%
but Dunedin had the only prosecution in New Zealand last
WorkSafe NZ figures released to the Otago Daily Times
under the Official Information Act revealed 357 enforcement
actions in New Zealand in 2011, 1258 in 2012 and 2112 last
But prosecutions in New Zealand fell, with 10 prosecutions in
2011, 8 in 2012 and one last year.
WorkSafe NZ construction and manufacturing manager Marcus
Nalter said the figures revealed a ''positive'' trend because
fewer serious harm injuries meant fewer prosecutions.
The increase in enforcement actions by New Zealand's 200
inspectors was a ''barrier at the top of the cliff''.
''We have gone on site and observed unsafe practices and
activities and corrected them through enforcement.''
WorkSafe NZ's preventing falls from height campaign was being
accepted by more workplaces and more scaffolding and edge
protection was being used, he said.
The enforcement actions taken included written warnings,
where there was non-compliance with the Health and Safety in
Employment Act; improvement notices, where the non-compliance
was not remedied before the inspector left; and prohibition
notices, if there was a failure to comply that was likely to
cause serious harm.
The Dunedin prosecution led to Everitt Enterprises being
convicted and fined after Tyler Thompson fell from an
unsecured extension ladder while dismantling an Allied Press