SARNZ helps members to scale new heights

There will be a subtle name change when Scaffolding, Access & Rigging NZ releases its new industry guidelines later this year, says chief executive Graham Burke. “We are calling the new document Good Practice Guidelines for Scaffolding rather than Best Practice Guidelines, as we believe the name Good Practice is a better reflection of minimum requirements. There can be a …

Regional carpentry apprentices compete in the capital for top honour

Following a series of regional events that involved building children’s playhouses, twelve regional champions gathered in Wellington over 26-28 May for the national final of the Certified Builders Carpentry Apprentice Challenge. Clement Richer, 34, from Herne Bay, Auckland, took away the top prize. Second place was awarded to Wade Puklowski, 23, from Nelson, and third to Adam Johnson, 24, from …

Skill shortage critical

It’s no surprise that a shortage of skilled people has been identified as the most critical challenge facing the scaffolding industry in a recent survey sent out to members of the Scaffolding, Access & Rigging NZ Inc (SARNZ). “Like most sectors involved in construction, we have a lack of skilled people available to meet the current demand,” says the association’s …

New chief executive, new direction for SARNZ

Scaffolding, Access & Rigging NZ (SARNZ) has come a long way since its inception in 1994, when it was formed by a group of scaffolders and riggers getting together to talk about industry issues. The organisation has recently appointed Graham Burke as its first ever chief executive, a newly created full time position. In his challenging new role, Graham will …

Teamwork key to successful project outcomes

SARNZ chief executive Graham Burke has some sound advice for anyone engaging a scaffold specialist: “Work as a team.” “It is all about relationships. If construction companies work closely together with a scaffold operation as a team, rather than jumping from contractor to contractor on every job in search of the cheapest price, they will have a better outcome. With …

Huge demand for quality training

With people “clamouring” to get scaffolding tickets, there is huge demand on SARNZ and industry training providers to provide appropriate training and qualifications. “With the increasing need for skilled, trained scaffolders and riggers, the industry needs to develop its training programmes to ensure standards continue to improve and evolve,” says SARNZ chief executive Graham Burke. This is particularly critical from …

Great conference programme lined up

SARNZ is gearing up for its 2016 Annual Conference, which will be held on 18th and 19th August in Tauranga. The theme of the event is Training the Future of our Industry, which will cover not just industry training, but training in the broader sense. “The importance of developing a strong business culture is another theme we will be exploring …

Revised guidelines on the way

Revised guidelines expected later this year will provide clarity around the rules for scaffold inspections for both scaffolds under and over five metres. However companies still need to be clear on the existing rules, especially when it comes to tagging scaffold under five metres high, says SARNZ chief executive Graham Burke. “There is a lot of discussion around whether scaffold …

Smoother path needed for migrant workers

Bringing in more migrant workers could help ease the skill shortage in the scaffolding sector short term. However the path needs to be smoothed for those interested in settling in New Zealand long term, says SARNZ chief executive, Graham Burke. “Scaffolding is not currently on the Skilled Occupations List, which means migrant workers struggle to get visas to work in …