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Businesses recognised for excellence in workplace safety

Kiwi businesses of all descriptions are working hard to make their workplaces safer, and we’ve been helping to shine a spotlight on them – to celebrate their success stories, and encourage others to follow in their footsteps.

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Between June and November this year, ACC sponsored a ‘Workplace Safety Award’ at seven business award ceremonies around New Zealand.

A total of 21 companies were selected as finalists, with the ACC awards going to businesses that were able to demonstrate excellence or innovation in workplace safety systems, practices or culture.

Winners this year included engineering and manufacturing companies, a charitable trust, a skydiving operator, a sawmilling and timber processing company and an airport.

Check out the list and photos of some of the winners here.

ACC’s outgoing General Manager of Insurance and Prevention Services, John Beaglehole, says it was encouraging to see businesses from a wide range of industries enter the awards this year. This suggests that the safety message is starting to take root across the spectrum of Kiwi businesses.

“New Zealand has a higher rate of work-related injuries than comparable countries such as Australia and England, so it’s great to see Kiwi businesses where a safety-conscious approach is the norm, not the exception.

“Hopefully, showcasing the winners will help prompt businesses that may be lagging behind with their safety focus to say ‘We should be doing that too’.”

ACC partners with newly formed WorkSafe New Zealand

Hot on the heels of the Workplace Safety Award, we’ve been working with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) in preparation for the launch of WorkSafe New Zealand in December.

WorkSafe NZ will work with employers and employees to promote good workplace health and safety practice.

Already we’ve a number of joint injury prevention projects in full swing with WorkSafe NZ, including an 18-month programme to improve forestry sector health and safety, a six-year programme to improve farm health and safety called the Safer Farms Project, and combined work programmes for the Canterbury rebuild.

Sponsoring safety awards and working collaboratively with agencies like MBIE and WorkSafe NZ is just one way we’re encouraging businesses to become safer.

To find out more about how you can prevent injuries, visit www.acc.co.nz/preventing-injuries.

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December 2013 Newsletter

Published 09/12/2013

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