Wellbeing top of mind for younger farmers

Workload, fatigue, relationships, sleep and time off farm, are some of the main challenges facing younger farmers today, so it is no surprise that farmers under 35 want to invest more in their wellbeing, new research has found The milestone study, commissioned by rural wellbeing initiative Farmstrong, found that 64% of younger farming men and 77% of women reported that at least one wellbeing issue had a large impact on their life. Continue →


How to hire smarter – common mistakes to avoid

Over the past 25 years, I have helped thousands of small to medium business owners learn how to hire smarter and more efficiently, and if I am being completely honest here, it took me another ten years before that to learn the ins and outs of finding and hiring qualified team members, says Inc columnist David Finkel   The biggest mistake that I did early on, and I see other business owners do it all the time, has to do with starting off the hiring process by creating a generic job description. Continue →

Why skill shortages are about to get worse

As New Zealand’s Baby Boomer generation gradually retires from the workforce, their exit poses a knowledge and experience vacuum that is expected to contribute significantly to skills shortages across the country New Zealand’s population is steadily ageing, with the number of people aged 65 and over expected to increase by 77% to over 1.2 million by 2036. Continue →

Fire Protection

Gasfitter sentenced after faulty installation causes house fire

A Tauranga gasfitter has been sentenced to four months’ community detention after a gas fireplace he installed incorrectly caught fire causing significant damage to the house Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Patrick Joseph Dykes appeared at the Tauranga District Court after Dykes’ company was hired to install a gas fireplace at a home in Tauranga. Continue →

Five hand tool safety tips for every workplace

Hand tool safety tips are useful in every workplace – almost every job calls for their use, and healthy hands are necessary for every job People who work in warehouses, construction sites, or in industrial workplaces will likely use hand tools more frequently, but even office workers use scissors, box cutters, and utility knives. Continue →


Firefighting foam starts a blazing row

A Manawatū farmer says his community wants easier access to a blood test for toxic chemicals from firefighting foam, but the Health Ministry is telling them not to bother according to RNZ News The groundwater around defence bases including Ōhakea in Manawatū have been contaminated with toxic and long-lasting firefighting foam chemicals. Continue →
Hazardous Substances


Scaffold collapse highlights the importance of safe design

A scaffolding company has been fined $150,000 after a poorly designed scaffold collapsed while seven people were working on it Affordable Scaffolding (2010) Limited was sentenced at the Auckland District Court last month following the February 2017 incident involving a scaffold erected under the Panmure Bridge in Auckland. Continue →

Automated guided vehicles on safe paths

The RSL 400 safety laser scanner not only ensures that automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are operated safely by means of protective and warning fields, but it also simultaneously captures the measurement values for the navigation software The RSL 400 merges safety technology and high-quality measurement value output in a single device When the triangulation principle is used for navigation, AGVs are usually equipped with two different sensors: one for safety and one for navigation. Continue →