A new WorkSafe NZ campaign is encouraging employees to speak up about health and safety concerns.

The initiative is specifically targeting Māori, who are overrepresented in workplace accidents.   

WorkSafe NZ is reaching out to employees that work in industries such as meat workers, and the forestry industry.

Former butcher Bertie Ratu is acutely aware of the hazards and says there are many in that kind of work.

“Slippery uneven surfaces, heavy lifting, strains and sprains, cuts, new workers not given enough training to learn how to sharpen their knives.”

According to Statistics New Zealand Māori are 44% more likely to experience a serious injury at work.

WorkSafe NZ says that everyone has the power; and that everyone has the right to work in a safe environment.