Porirua council work accidents double

KRIS DANDO
Last updated 10:02 07/01/2014

Relevant offers

Kapi-Mana News

Eagle-eyed neighbour leads police to autistic boy's stolen rabbit Capital come out on top at surf life saving challenge Judgeford aim for Duncan Cup in 2017 interclub golf competition Porirua hopefuls head to waka Ama sprint nationals at Lake Karapiro Changeable Wellington weather set to continue through to Anniversary Weekend Odour complaints against Porirua's Spicer Landfill continue to drop For ducks' sake: bread is out and vegetables are in for Porirua's feathered friends Art Action always popular with kids at Festival of Elements in Porirua Aotea Countdown opens with 57 new jobs for Porirua community A big night planned for music-lovers at Porirua's Symphony at the Lagoon

A parks worker breaking his pelvis and elbow when he slipped off the back of a truck was one of 34 accidents reported by Porirua City Council in 2013 - double the number from a year ago.

A report to the council's audit and risk management committee last month contained a health and safety briefing.

Although it said there were no "serious harm incidents" in the quarter to September 30, an accident on October 30 in Bothamley Park ruined the spotless record.

The parks employee slipped and fell off the side of a truck while rearranging the load before it was taken away. He suffered a broken pelvis and elbow.

The incident was investigated by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, which was satisfied with Porirua City Council's inquiry into the incident and took no further action.

Other incidents in the previous quarter were an Environmental Health officer getting bitten on the arm by an unrestrained dog, an employee in the works operations department feeling a back twinge while pulling on a boot and a gardener who slipped while weedeating, "causing pain in the arm".

The report noted that more accidents were being reported of "lesser severity".

Council chief executive Gary Simpson said he was comfortable with the health and safety practices the council had in place.

"It's down to us being more aware and accurate, and taking more precautions, and I'm confident we are," he said.

"We can do better no matter how good we are - any organisation would say that.

"Health and safety at this council is well-led."

Mr Simpson said he wanted the council to move from a reactive to a "perpetually proactive state" with regard to its health and safety structures.

He said it had people on uneven ground using machinery and others sitting for long periods in front of a computer, so all types of employees needed to be catered for.

"Our methods and systems are there for the safety of our people - that has to be at the front of our thinking."

Mr Simpson said an ACC audit was being carried out and that the council was well aware of the Heath and Safety Reform Bill, which is in the select committee process.

Ad Feedback

- Kapi-Mana News

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content