Rushing to disaster

  By Michael Hempseed As the new year is now well under way, many companies will need to think about recruitment, either to replace staff who changed jobs during the summer, or to expand their current workforce. Often a poor recruitment process leads to serious workplace problems. We’ve all worked in a business or heard of a situation where the …

Built to withstand the toughest forces of nature

Visually stunning, 20 Customhouse Quay, the 14-storey office building on the Wellington waterfront, is perhaps, technologically, the most advanced structural solution for high-rise buildings in New Zealand. Designed to survive a one in 500 year earthquake with no structural damage, the building is estimated to meet 180 percent of the building code. It features base-isolating technology, which substantially reduces the …

Built to last

The concept of future proofing is the process of anticipating the future and developing methods for minimising the effects of the shocks and stresses of future events. How does this concept apply to the construction of houses? As Nick Gaites, an executive member of the New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors explains, we all want a comfortable home to live …

Avoiding the snowball effect

By Amanda Chase Ideally, you have a business where the team is doing well – people are motivated, they work cohesively, punctuality and reliability is not a problem and you have confidence they enjoy their jobs. All your staff respect the business and the management team, and are aligned with the company’s values. There are no performance improvement plans in …

Worlds first curved triangular orthotropic bridge wows industry

The Canada Street Cycle Bridge project is recognized as a pillar of what can be achieved within the New Zealand steel industry. So much so, it inspired regulatory administration Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ) to create a supreme award in recognition of what was achieved by those involved. Commissioned by NZTA, the Canada Street Bridge project refers to a comprehensive …

Rivet Sheetmetal, Engineering and Manufacturing Ltd

In business since 1991, Rivet (previously Scott Sheetmetal) has built up an enviable reputation for service, quality and outside-the-box designs and fabrications. Rivet has 50 highly skilled, experienced staff shared between two different branches, both conveniently located in New Plymouth. ISO9001-accredited with professional services and solutions on offer, you will have the assurance that your next project can be successfully …

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 …

An edge above in height protection

With the building and construction industry booming as well as reroofing, roof coating and the ever increasing popularity of retro fit solar energy, the need for safe yet cost-effective alternatives to traditional scaffolding is at an all time high.  Edge Protection NZ Ltd offers tradesmen the ability to achieve compliance with health and safety legislation whilst gaining superior site efficiency …

The Canterbury Safety Charter: Beyond the Rebuild

It has been another great year for the Canterbury Safety Charter – they’ve had a lot to celebrate. In June the Charter took out the supreme award winner at the New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards. It won the WorkSafe New Zealand/ACC best overall contribution to improving workplace health and safety in New Zealand. The award recognises the huge …