How accessible is your workplace?

By Colleen Jones,  director of Jones Consultancy I’m not talking about your construction site or building project workplace (where realistically an expectation of accessibility for people with impairments, particularly mobility impairments, is not as achievable), but rather your office workplace; the place where your office staff are based and where your site-based staff occasionally call in.   If your office …

A positive step for the sector

Infrastructure Commission and Construction Accord aims for a healthier industry On April 14 the Government and construction industry leaders signalled a shared commitment to transform New Zealand’s construction sector. Jointly developed by Ministers, Government agencies and industry leaders from across the construction sector, the Accord offers up a unique opportunity for industry and Government to partner on a range of …

Builder licensing – separating the facts from the fiction

For a lot of people involved in the building trade, the requirement to be “licensed” is nothing new – take architects, engineers, plumbers, electricians, gasfitters, and lawyers for example. Commerical lawyer, Geoff Hardy   The requirement for builders to be licensed only came about relatively recently, following the emergence of the leaky building crisis and the Hunn Report published in …

Legislative changes affecting the construction sector

The Government has recently announced that minimum wages will increase to $17.70 an hour on 1 April 2019. By Marcus Beveridge and Tina Hwang from Queen City Law   We would assume that nobody in the construction sector is paying the minimum wage and therefore the labour force will remain unaffected. However, there will undoubtedly be flow-on affects including general …

The Construction Contracts Act is broken and needs fixing

Almost every time we hear about a main contractor being liquidated, we also hear subcontractors will be left out of pocket. Why is it that? Jeff Walters, specialist in property and construction law, K3 Legal   After the collapse of Hartner Construction, the Construction Contracts Act 2002 was introduced to put an end to this problem. But come 2013, Mainzeal …

Are you making these 11 mistakes in your trades business?

Are you working longer and longer hours and downright frustrated at the lack of profits? Is work coming in, but it’s just not consistent? One month you’re scrambling to get the work done and the next, you’re sweating out where the next job is coming from? By Daniel Fitzpatrick   Or maybe you’re getting the work — but where the …

An authentic icon

The G-Class, the luxury off-road vehicle from Mercedes-Benz, has long been considered a design icon. Its external appearance has not changed significantly since 1979, as its unmistakable shape is its trademark, meaning in 2019 the G-Class is very retro cool. But add its extraordinary off-road attributes and sumptuous interior and you have a dead-set trendsetter in the off-road segment. Individual …

Risky business

The voluntary administration of Arrow International (NZ) announced recently will impact not just on the employees of the company and its clients, but the wider network of contractors and subcontractors who supported its construction projects. Civil Contractors New Zealand chief executive, Peter Silcock, says Arrow’s collapse was yet another demonstration of what is wrong with the construction industry in New …

Up and running

Leading construction lawyer Mark Williamson, a partner at DLA Piper, answers the pressing question— how to get the construction sector working? The vexed question of how we can build better is back in the headlines with much debate around the pace of Kiwibuild construction and the pros and cons of an Urban Development Authority. However, the question is what other …

JLG INDUSTRIES CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF INNOVATION AND LEADERSHIP

John L. Grove founded JLG® on this day 50 years ago; pioneering the access industry McConnellsburg, Pa. — January 9, 2019 — JLG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company [NYSE:OSK] and a leading global manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telehandlers, officially kicked off its year-long 50th anniversary celebration earlier today, marking a half-century since its founder spearheaded the access …