We are operating at reduced capacity due to COVID-19 Alert Level Three restrictions. Please only call our 0800 number if someone is at serious risk of harm or has been seriously injured, become seriously ill, or died as a result of work.
For other notifications please complete our online forms at Notify WorkSafe.
List of enforceable undertakings that have been ordered by a court.
Following an incident on 18 April 2018, the Dunedin District Court convicted Otago Polytechnic and adjourned the proceeding for two years, granting a court ordered enforceable undertaking (COEU) in accordance with section 156.
The incident involved a pre-trade carpentry student who suffered partial amputation one of his fingers whilst operating an inadequately guarded draw-saw in the Otago Polytechnic’s Dunedin campus carpentry department.
Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, S 36(2), 48(1) and (2)(c)
Summary of Enforceable Undertaking
- Minimum spend $275,000;
- The design and delivery of an awareness campaign regarding the incident;
- The delivery of a range of safety training initiatives for key stakeholders, including translation into other languages to meet the needs of the Otago workforce;
- The provision of scholarships for 2021 construction courses;
- Further details of the COEU, including 6 monthly monitoring and interim and final reporting requirements, as set out at page 26 of the Decision of Judge Phillips, "WorkSafe New Zealand v Otago Polytechnic"  NZDC 11114;
18 June 2020