From: ILPI Support <info**At_Symbol_Here**ILPI.COM>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] New Zealand Charges 13 Parties Over Deaths At White Island Volcano
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2020 15:34:00 -0500
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**Princeton.EDU>
Not sure if the Chemical Safety Headlines filters would pick this up so I'm posting it here:
WorkSafe charged 13 parties in Auckland District Court - 10 organizations and three people. Nine of the groups are charged with failing to ensure the health and safety of workers and others, while the other is charged with failing to control a workplace. Each of those charges carries a maximum fine of more than $1 million.
The three individuals face smaller fines, charged under a provision that requires people "with significant influence over a company to exercise due diligence" in meeting health and safety obligations.
Fascinating. Presumably these charges are under NZ's equivalent of the US OSHA General Duty Clause. Unless they have specific regulations regulating volcanic workplaces.
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