WorkSafe is welcoming an initiative with the construction industry which will incorporate a focus on the crucial areas of health, safety and wellbeing.

The Construction Sector Accord was announced on 14 April 2019, by Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa.

The Accord is a partnership linking the Government and construction industry, which commits to achieving a more productive, capable and resilient sector.This includes a strong focus on health, safety and wellbeing.

“The construction industry consistently accounts for a high proportion of work-related fatalities, injuries and ill health in New Zealand,” says WorkSafe’s Director of Strategic Engagement and Implementation, Paula Knaap.

“If we want to see a strong, resilient sector we must focus on health and safety. It is great to see the Government and industry really stepping up to lead and work together to make it a priority.

“We know from past experience the building blocks to achieve great health and safety outcomes are the same pillars we need to support strong, resilient and sustainable industry.”

WorkSafe’s data shows that in 2018 there were six fatalities in the construction area and in the first six months of the year, 2,746 workers suffered from illness or injury.

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WorkSafe New Zealand. (2019, April 15). WorkSafe welcomes new Construction Sector Accord. Retrieved from