Onsite ladder safety a concern across the Tasman

The safety of workers onsite is becoming more of a focus in construction in New Zealand – and rightly so if we are to reduce New Zealand’s regrettable workplace injury statistics. Worksafe reports that falls from heights of three metres or less off roofs and from ladders account for most of the serious harm incidents reported from the construction sector. …

Nets for your safety

Once your workers are at height, have you considered what would happen if one of them were to fall? The tool to address this risk may be safety nets. Safety nets are designed to stretch and absorb the energy of a fall, so a falling person is less likely to be injured. The greater the fall height, the greater the …

Always consider the asbestos factor

April 2017 marks the one-year anniversary of the new regulations for working with asbestos. It will also mark the launch of the first ever Asbestos Awareness Week in New Zealand. Asbestos is New Zealand’s number one killer in the workplace with around 170 people dying each year from asbestos-related diseases*. That is why the New Zealand Demolition & Asbestos Association …

Managing Risk in the Workplace

Health & Safety legislation has undergone a significant change with the passing of the Health & Safety at Work Act (HaSWA) and subsequent regulations made under that Act. The Health and Safety at Work Act changed the focus from compliance by managing hazards to managing Risk. Despite our best efforts, fatalities and serious injuries continue to occur, even among organizations …

Communication and Consultation

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HaSWA) is based on the premise that those who create or work with occupational risks, or can influence or direct them, must identify and manage those risks. The legislation is designed in part to cover modern working arrangements, which can contain multiple employers with diverse workforces made up of employees, contractors, subcontractors, …

Non-complying bucket trucks major issue

An issue that has been brewing in the elevated work platform (EWP) sector for some time, could compromise safety and potentially cost contractors thousands of dollars. Mike Breen, board member of the Elevated Work Platform Association (EWPA) says second-hand bucket trucks that don’t meet New Zealand regulations (AS/NZS1418.10) are being imported from Japan and illegally sold for this purpose. “Almost …

Falls reduced by a third

The roofing sector has made ‘massive strides’ in health and safety over the last couple of years, ahead of the new Health & Safety at Work Act which came into force in April this year, says Graham Moor, chief executive of RANZ. “We were given a target to reduce falls by 25 percent by 2020. However falls have already reduced …

Expert tips for noise reduction on the job site

The rise in high-density living and developments being undertaken closer to busy roadways has heightened the need to control noise and vibration on the construction site. With many new local and overseas builders and contractors entering the market, particularly in Auckland, it is critical they are made aware of the limits they must adhere to when it comes to noise …

Managing Risk in the Workplace

Health & Safety legislation has undergone a significant change with the passing of the Health & Safety at Work Act and subsequent regulations made under that Act. The Health and Safety at Work Act changed the focus from compliance by managing hazards to managing Risk. Despite our best efforts, fatalities and serious injuries continue to occur, even among organizations with …