Story: Workplace safety and accident compensation

Rehabilitating an injured war veteran

Rehabilitating an injured war veteran

Chas Woodley lost his right hand and both eyes in the Second World War. In 1947 he was learning to operate a small hand loom so that he could have an occupation. A sense of social obligation to injured veterans like Mr Woodley helped create the public will to set up the Accident Compensation Commission (later Corporation).

Using this item

Alexander Turnbull Library, National Publicity Studios Collection
Reference: 1/4-016835; F/A9619
Photograph by Sparrow Industrial Pictures Ltd

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Hazel Armstrong, 'Workplace safety and accident compensation - Workplace compensation, 19th and 20th centuries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 April 2021)

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