NZ: 13 MILION IN FINES FOR WHITE ISLAND DISASTER

Five entities charged over the White Island volcanic eruption in New Zealand in 2019, which killed 22 people, were fined a total of $13 million for breaching workplace safety laws.

Whakaari Management, responsible for the island volcano, was found guilty of safety breaches. Other companies involved in tours to the island were also fined.

The eruption caused fatalities and severe injuries among tourists and guides.

WorkSafe New Zealand charged 13 entities, with penalties imposed on five, highlighting the importance of businesses ensuring safety to prevent such tragedies.

WorkSafe's chief emphasised the need for businesses to prioritise safety to avoid catastrophic outcomes like the White Island disaster.

Source: OHS Alert, 01 March

 

Share Tweet

RELATED

COURT SLAPS $90K FINE ON SCRAP METAL RECYCLER
Manhari International operates a scrap metal recycling business based in Tottenham, which WorkSafe inspectors visited in December 2020. They discovered 60 pallets of vehicle batteries (Class 8 dangerous goods) stored in a...
Read More
BELL PLASTER TO SPEND $480K ON IMPROVEMENTS
Building material supplier Bell Plaster Supplies has committed to spending over $480,000 to enhance health and safety following an incident at their Pascoe Vale warehouse.
Read More
GATE FAILURE COSTS $40K: INJURES WORKER
Built Tech Hoardings (BTH), a commercial carpentry business, was contracted by ICON to modify a construction site entrance gate by extending its width but failed to properly secure it. When an employee...
Read More