Bill fails to impress mother

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Friday, August 14

The mother of a building apprentice killed in the 2010 Pike River Mine disaster says the Health and Safety Reform Bill values businesses before lives.

The Health and Safety Reform Bill, which passed its second reading on July 30, was created following the Pike River Royal Commission of Inquiry.

An amendment was recently announced that would exempt some small businesses from having health and safety representatives.

By Ruby Harfield

PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD – Oamaru resident Leeza Verhoeven with a picture of her son Zen Verhoeven (Drew), who was killed in the Pike River Mine in 2010.

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