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News Archive: December, 2020


All work involving gas must be done by the book

15th December 2020 A gas explosion in Christchurch which left six people seriously injured and several properties uninhabitable serves as a warning to all gasfitters, says WorkSafe. All work with gas must be done by the book - because when things go wrong, the consequences can be grave. In July 2019, certifying gasfitter Gregory John Smith was... Read More »

WorkSafe reminds all businesses to take prohibition notices seriously

16th December 2020 - WORKSAFE WorkSafe is reminding businesses today that a failure to comply with WorkSafe notices can result in prosecution. Hobson Construction Limited were sentenced at the Auckland District Court today and ordered to pay a fine of $180,000 for exposing workers to a risk of a fall from height relating to work at a residential... Read More »

Christchurch gas explosion: Negligent tradesman stung $212,000

15th December 2020 – NZ Herald A gasfitter whose negligence caused a giant explosion that blew up a Christchurch house and caused serious injuries to five occupants has been ordered to pay more than $130,000 in compensation, and his company fined $82,500. Gregory John Smith, sole director of Christchurch-based plumbing and gasfitting... Read More »

Gasfitter to be sentenced over explosion in Christchurch house

15th December 2020 – RNZ A gasfitter charged after carrying out work at a Christchurch home a day before it exploded will be sentenced in the District Court today.   The man on the left is Gregory John Smith - the gasfitter involved in the case - and the other is his defence counsel Joseph Lill. (file image) Photo: RNZ / Sally... Read More »

Cause revealed of gas explosion that destroyed Christchurch house

5th December 2020 – STUFF A gas fitter who carried out work at a Christchurch home a day before it exploded and left several people seriously injured must pay more than $130,000 to the victims of the blast. The explosion in July 2019 rocked the suburb of Northwood, destroying a house and causing significant damage to several properties... Read More »

Polytechs bulging as record numbers sign up for apprenticeships

27th November 2020 - RNZ Polytechs are trying to make more space available as record numbers sign up for apprenticeships. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas The number of people signing up for apprenticeships has doubled to 17,000 after the government in June made them fees free for the next two-and-a-half years. Taumaloto Tiatia has always wanted... Read More »



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