A new report led by a group of senior CEOs and Directors has labelled New Zealand’s history of health and safety failings and poor progress as disgraceful and called for urgent action by government and industry.

The report into New Zealand’s repeated health and safety failures was led by an independent Taskforce, set up by the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum in late 2023. 

The Forum initiated the Taskforce following its State of a Thriving Nation report in August which highlighted the $4.4 billion cost to New Zealand from poor health and safety performance and progress in 2022 alone.

“This report makes uncomfortable reading. It also depicts the current state of government and regulatory insight as inefficient and ineffective. But we know when we do act, we can thrive. This report presents and sets out a way forward that we cannot afford to ignore.” - Francois Barton
Media release New report highlights New Zealands inability to learn from health and safety failures 10 June PDF • 89 KB

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