August 25, 2015
Politics puts workers’ lives at risk
Labour MP Louisa Wall says it's intolerable that the new health and safety law being debated in parliament today excludes agriculture.
Under the the bill, worm farming and mini golf are considered high risk activities but dairy or beef farming is not.
Ms Wall says the majority of workplace deaths are in farming, forestry and fishing, with Maori men making up a disproportionate number of fatalities
She says parties need to work together to find a better solution.
"The reason we have legislation is to make sure the public good is catered for, and in this particular instance politics is getting in the way of what is a very serious issue. I mean we have had people in Wellington who have lost loved ones," she says.
Louisa Wall says about 100 people are dying each year in the workplace, and 10 times that are dying from work-related diseases.
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