Engaging with WorkSafe

Health and Safety / 21 July 2021
Engaging with WorkSafe

WorkSafe has broad powers to enter workplaces, inspect and investigate, and employers need to engage where this happens especially as the regulator also has broad compliance powers.

A company director was recently prosecuted after obstructing WorkSafe inspectors from carryout out site inspections of a logging operation, and then failing to provide a statement at a required interview with WorkSafe.

He was sentenced for two charges of obstruction under section 179(1) and (2)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. A total fine of $12,000 was imposed. Section 179(2)(a) carries a maximum fine for an individual of $10,000.

Message for Employers

Faced with a WorkSafe inspection, employers need to be aware of the requirement to co-operate.  In engaging with WorkSafe, we recommend seeking advice.  Our team can help.

Disclaimer: We remind you that while this article provides commentary on employment law, health and safety and immigration topics, it should not be used as a substitute for legal or professional advice for specific situations. Please seek legal advice from your lawyer for any questions specific to your workplace.

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