Story: Workplace safety and accident compensation

Brunner mining disaster, 1896

Brunner mining disaster, 1896

A crowd gathers in the West Coast mining town of Brunner as the bodies of 65 miners are brought to the surface. Some were so badly injured that they could only be identified by their clothing. Terrible industrial accidents like this one helped bring in laws to properly compensate workers or their families for injury and death.

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Hazel Armstrong, 'Workplace safety and accident compensation - Working in the 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 February 2023)

Story by Hazel Armstrong, published 11 Mar 2010, reviewed & revised 18 Apr 2016