Insights from Whakaari White Island

Key H&S Lessons And The Unanswered Questions 

Richard Gibson, Risk Consultant

Thursday, 27th June | 12 noon AEST, 2 pm NZST | 1 hr 
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About this webinar:

Nearly five years since Whakaari White Island in New Zealand erupted, tragically leaving 22 dead, 25 seriously injured, and countless family, friends, and loved ones forever changed, the criminal trial for systematic safety failures has ended with five guilty parties and $10.21 million NZD ($9.4 million AUD) in reparations (although there is now an appeal underway). 

Look behind the curtain at what WorkSafe’s Chief Executive called the most extensive investigation undertaken by the regulator in ecoPortal’s next thought leadership webinar.

Led by expert witness Richard Gibson, who was engaged by WorkSafe NZ in regard to Whakaari Management Ltd and the Officer charges, participants will explore questions including: 

  • How important is the specific context?
  • When dealing with a natural hazard, who has control and influence?
  • What is (and what is not) an acceptable risk?
  • When working with others, what is adequate consultation and coordination?
  • How should incident investigations and risk reviews change going forward?

Who will benefit from this webinar?

This webinar is for health and safety leaders and C-suite executives looking to learn the most urgent lessons from natural disasters, whilst gaining insights on the changes in the safety landscape that will result. 

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Meet the speaker


Richard Gibson

Director and Risk Consultant

Richard started his H&S career in 1993 while completing his master’s examining attitudes towards safety. He was a founder director of Impac, growing its consulting, training, and software business areas. He has worked with many of New Zealand’s largest companies and government departments, and has been engaged by Regulators (CAA, WorkSafe) to help with the determination of “reasonable practicable” controls after several significant events.