Work and Income Ashburton shooting – WorkSafe charge
WorkSafe NZ has laid one charge against the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) in relation to the shooting at the MSD Ashburton office on 1 September 2014 in which two Work and Income staff were killed and another was injured.
The charge (under section 6 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act) alleges that the Ministry of Social Development failed to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of its employees while at work.
Work and Income is a service delivery arm of the Ministry.
The charge was laid in the Wellington District Court today following the conclusion of an investigation begun by WorkSafe shortly after the incident.
No further information is available and no further comment will be made as the matter is now before the courts.