This is from the last published NZ Yearbook - 2010. Not fully up-to-date but it'll suffice.
Between 2004 and 2009 there was an average of 8.5 construction-related deaths (investigated by OSH).
In a post about "unsafe building practices", Red Alert says:
The NZ Herald reported on November 2nd that since July, more than 400 actions have been taken against 760 construction sites for not complying with guidelines on safe working at height. Inspectors shut down 215 of the sites, and issued more than 160 written warnings requiring immediate remedial action.Better check out what the NZ Herald said:
While Construction Minister Maurice Williamson finally admits there is a problem, this Government has had four years in office, and in the meantime, we’ve had an average of 100 deaths a year, with workplace injuries and fatalities reportedly costing New Zealand about $3.5 billion annually.
Workplace injuries and fatalities cost New Zealand about $3.5 billion annually and 100 people on average die each year.
100 workplace fatalities. That means 'construction' and every and any other industry. This is a classic case of conflation.
Each of these deaths represents untold grief and it's unpleasant to discuss them in the context of controversial statistics. But I cannot believe that in 2010 and 2011 deaths due to building accidents increased twelve-fold.
I heard a caller to talkback pushing this so-called building fatality rate. His position was that if they all happened at once it would be a national disaster but because they happened in a staggered fashion they went under the radar. He said he was a building safety officer so no excuse for getting it so wrong. Perhaps he was a Labour propagandist.