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Health & Safety

Overview
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

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

“Recklessness” under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
The High Court has clarified the elements of the offence of reckless conduct in the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.
When is someone ‘at work’ under the Health and Safety at Work Act?
The High Court has confirmed that to be ‘at work’ for the purposes of the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA), a link between the particular activity undertaken and the work of the PCBU is required. If that link is established, any person engaged in the activity will be 'at work' for the purposes of the HSWA.
18.02.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Health & Safety Law
The High Court clarifies the liability of ‘officers’ under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
The High Court has clarified the due diligence duty imposed on ‘officers’ of a PCBU. Due diligence is not limited to obligations of governance, but will depend on the nature of the PCBU and the role the officer occupies in it.
17.02.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Health & Safety Law
COVID-19: Health and Safety at Level 3
Alert Level 3 is upon us.
24.04.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Health & Safety Law
COVID-19: Health and Safety in essential businesses
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, New Zealand’s alert level is currently at Alert Level 4.
31.03.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Health & Safety Law
Could a Health and Safety Breach Mean Jail Time?
In August 2019, a United Kingdom judgment imposed a custodial sentence on a site supervisor who was involved in breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (UK Act) that caused the death of a w...
28.08.2019 Posted in Health & Safety Law
Stop Press: “It was pure luck that nobody was killed”
Earlier this month, we set out an overview of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) as it applies to landlords and tenants. On 23 August 2019, the first sentencing decision involving a landlor...
28.08.2019 Posted in Health & Safety Law
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