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There's so much happening in the world of health & safety. Changes in legislation and requirements, changes in best practice, changes in ... you name it. Here's my take on making it simple. Simply Genius WHS - stop guessing... manage with confidence.

Ignoring practical steps led to death of worker

Maralyn Kastel  - Saturday, September 27, 2014

A concrete manufacturer was recently fined by WorkSafe New Zealand for a fatality involving a forklift on its worksite last year. Sadly, this tragic loss of life was preventable if simple safety details had received the appropriate attention. According to a WorkSafe representative, it was an "accident waiting happen." The incident illustrates the importance of site safety for workers on construction sites. ..

Dying on the job - What are your risks?

Maralyn Kastel  - Thursday, July 04, 2013

Health and safety management in the workplace is crucial to the success of your business. Not only does it make sense from an economic point of view such as lower Workers Compensation, greater productivity and worker involvement but demonstrated effective management of your health & safety obligations is a big plus if you ever have a serious accident.  We know this based on the experiences of our clients.   ..

Chainsaws in the workplace - friend or foe?

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, May 31, 2013

A chainsaw is the one of most dangerous hand tools that can be purchased on the open market. It requires no license and no formal training to own or operate.  ..

It's a big wake up call when an accident happens

Maralyn Kastel  - Sunday, March 17, 2013

One of our clients recently had a new worker sustain an injury when a glass panel they were removing shattered after accidentally being bumped during the removal process.  The young worker sustained a deep laceration to his hand that required a visit to a hospital and surgery. In conducting the accident investigation, it was identified that:  ..

Amazing survival story - work safe – stay well…it's what we all want

Maralyn Kastel  - Saturday, June 30, 2012

I  survived another work day.  I get to go home tonight and spend time with my loved ones. The hardest part about researching this piece is that there are so many examples of deaths and serious injuries, blood, gore and pain, every day.  ..

Work at home - office risks - hazard identification

Maralyn Kastel  - Saturday, June 30, 2012

Workplace health & safety responsibility goes beyond the employer’s place of business. It includes any place where the PCBU (employer) requires or permits a worker to perform work, including the worker’s home, vehicle or work site. Working from home is not without risks.  ..

Thou shalt not steal from the first aid kit at the workplace

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, July 25, 2011

Even with workplace policies on theft and video surveillance, workplace theft still occurs. It can range from stationery supplies to toilet paper and often contents of the first aid kits. Items often taken are sunscreen, bandages and band aids and, where first aid kits contain them, aspirin or similar. ..

I stubbed my toe, who can I sue? Risk management in entertainment

Maralyn Kastel  - Sunday, July 25, 2010

In this day of “who can I sue, I stubbed my toe” I was wondering how many entertainment venues supply clients with risk assessment documentation to fill out before they can hire a venue?   If you manage a venue, eg a sports centre, theatre, community hall etc,  do you use generic forms or do you develop them with the client hiring the venue?  A risk assessment for a staging a play may not be the same as an 18th birthday party! and definitely different from the risks involved in staging a sporting event or concert. ..

A workplace accident will never happen to me

Maralyn Kastel  - Saturday, April 24, 2010

Accident & incidents - How to conduct an investigation?

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, March 29, 2010

What is an accident or incident?
Accidents and incidents are unplanned, unwanted, but controllable events which disrupts the work process and causes injury to people or property. ..