Zero Injury Rate at Work is the Only Acceptable Option
Kiwi’s should be able to feel safe from injury while they are at work.
That’s the message over 200 people heard at the opening of Carter Holt Harvey’s Environment, Health and Safety, and Risk
(EHSR) Leadership College in Auckland this morning.
Carter Holt Harvey Chief Executive Officer Chris Liddell says the company has reduced it’s injury rate by 92 per cent
over the past eight years, but won’t be satisfied until it has reached its target of a zero injury rate.
Chris Liddell says “It’s unacceptable for Carter Holt Harvey employees to be hurt at work. Our people should be able to
go home from work in the same state they arrived.”
The EHSR Leadership College is being held for Carter Holt Harvey employee’s as well as other businesses to learn how to
improve EHSR practices within their businesses, and is one part of the overall programme that has contributed to the
injury reduction rate within Carter Holt Harvey.
A change in internal attitudes and the introduction of cross company measuring and planning programmes in areas of
health and safety have also had a significant impact.
Chris Liddell said, “While Carter Holt Harvey has set high standards and introduced programmes for improving EHSR
policies, we need all of our employees to take responsibility for their own health and safety as well as the
environments they work in.”
He says, “This is an important issue for all businesses in New Zealand. We have had successful programmes in place for a
number of years now. We want to both expand their effect within Carter Holt Harvey, and also share our knowledge with
other business so they can take advantage of our experiences.”