Health & Safety

Our guidance ensures you stay on the right side of Health & Safety legislation

Hesketh Henry provides advice in the health and safety legal space including compliance advice and has experience with WorkSafe investigations and litigation.

Our employment law health and safety team has extensive experience in helping companies and boards of directors understand their obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. We have provided training for staff of our clients and have been involved with designing and implementing health and safety policy documents and safety programmes.

We provide health and safety legal advice to many of our corporate clients, with the aim of avoiding problems before they occur. We also have team members on insurance company health and safety panels; through this connection our lawyers have witnessed some of the first prosecutions to occur under the new Act, and we were involved in negotiating one of the first enforceable undertakings accepted as an alternative to prosecution.

An important element of our role is keeping clients updated with health and safety legal news and developments. Our experts regularly write articles related to health and safety compliance and legal developments in this area.

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Examples of work completed by our team include:

  • Helping to negotiate one of the first enforceable undertakings under the Health and Safety in Work Act 2015;
  • Providing Health and Safety training to the employees, managers and Board of Directors in a large retail company;
  • Assisting large national manufacturer to manage a notifiable incident;
  • Helping a client manage its responsibilities with regard to personal protective equipment;
  • Advising employers on their obligation when acquiring a business, including health and safety and due diligence in relation to large industrial plant and operations; and
  • Advising a large national company on the development and implementation of a drug and alcohol testing regime.
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Insights & Opinion / Health & Safety

WorkSafe v Athenberry Holdings Ltd: The Competent Contractor?
Defining health and safety duties in a contracting situation is rarely straightforward.
1.11.2018 Posted in Health & Safety Law
Pruning Back Liability: Do Contractual Arrangements Hold the Key?
The first defended hearing under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA), WorkSafe v Athenberry Holdings Ltd, required the District Court to consider the ability of a business (a PCBU) to influe...
9.10.2018 Posted in Health & Safety Law
No Longer Stumped: The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 Sentencing Guidelines
The High Court at Auckland has released its first and much-awaited decision under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA).
21.08.2018 Posted in Health & Safety Law
Domestic Violence – Victims’ Protection Act 2016
On 25 July 2018 the Domestic Violence – Victims’ Protection Bill passed its third reading in parliament. The resulting Domestic Violence – Victims’ Protection Act 2016 will come into force on 1 April 2019.
30.07.2018 Posted in Employment Law
Updated Subcontract Agreement: SA-2017
The SA-2009 form of Subcontract Agreement is commonly used in the construction industry. It has undergone a review and a new SA-2017 form has been produced.
3.07.2018 Posted in Construction Law & Health & Safety Law
Managing Employees’ Mental Health Issues
Ministry of Health statistics confirm that during 2016, 169,454 people accessed mental health services in New Zealand. The law of averages suggests that most workplaces will – to a lesser or greater degree – be affected at some time by an employee’s mental health issue.
31.05.2018 Posted in Employment Law & Health & Safety Law
Hesketh Henry Employment Team to Present at the 5th Annual ‘Managing Ill & Injured Employees’ Masterclass
The Hesketh Henry Employment team have been invited to present at the 5th annual 'Managing ill & injured employees masterclass in Wellington on 24th July and Auckland on Monday, 30th July 2018.
10.05.2018 Posted in Health & Safety Law
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