Worksafe New Zealand has launched a new website on manufacturing safety, full of helpful tips and guides.

Manufacturing is vital to New Zealand’s economy employing around 240,000 people. It represents around 10% of the New Zealand workforce but contributes to 21% of workplace severe injury claims. There were 38 fatal accidents between 2008 and 2014 in the manufacturing sector – an average of five a year.

As well the risks of working with machinery, tools and vehicles, manufacturing workers also risk exposure on a daily basis to dusts, welding fumes and other airborne substances, including asbestos that can lead to serious ill-health or even an early death.

Visit their new website here.

Update shared by our Information Centre Manager Brian Low