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Workplace accidents claim 43 lives

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/11/2016 Sean Martin

New workplace safety laws need a rethink after the number of deaths reached the same levels as last year.

This year 43 people have died at work, Labour's associate workplace safety spokeswoman Sue Moroney says.

New legislation came into force in April aiming to reduce the nation's workplace injury and death toll to 25 per cent by 2020.

But Ms Moroney said it was disappointing for the families of those who died that the new laws hadn't led to a decrease this year.

"We always said that the agriculture sector should never have been exempted from the regulations," she said.

"Agriculture continues to be the sector with the largest number of deaths since the law change in April - with 44 per cent of the total deaths recorded between May and the end of September."

She said it was time for serious questions to be asked about what is needed to improve workplace safety.

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