• Peter Bateman
    270
    A reporter from Stuff signed on for a day's kiwifruit picking in the Bay of Plenty. Naturally, the experience was a bit of an eye-opener for him as he sweated alongside German backpackers and migrant workers from Vanuatu.

    This paragraph stood out:
    "There was no health and safety induction or discussion of hazards, more boxes were ticked to confirm this had been done. A second form was signed, to confirm a health and safety induction person had run through it with us - but they hadn't."

    This is disappointing, especially given the publicity a year or two ago surrounding the prosecution of three parties following the quadbike death of a kiwifruit quality assessor in a Bay of Plenty orchard.

    One of the key points to emerge from that incident was the lack of an induction onto the orchard, which could have alerted the victim to features of the terrain surrounding the orchard which were risky for quadbikes.
  • SafetylawyerNZ
    86
    I saw this too, and it immediately raised a red flag. Giving new workers an induction is H&S101, so it's disappointing if it's not happening. WorkSafe will jump all over it (and rightly so) if something goes wrong.
  • Aaron Marshall
    118
    Lots of fraud committed there... by both parties.
    Duties work both ways, and the reporter did the work without a H&S induction he knew he needed.
    IMO, they're both open for investigation?
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