How Fonterra stopped workplace fatigue

Industries rely on workers being physically and mentally alert. Fatigue reduces alertness which can lead to errors, and an increase in workplace incidents and injuries The evenings are getting lighter and BBQ season is just around the corner, which means the pressure is on to get jobs done while there is more daylight in the evenings. Continue →

Are you eligible for ACC’s workplace injury prevention subsidy?

Too many New Zealanders continue to suffer injuries at work with manufacturing one of the highest risk sectors, says ACC, which is now helping manufacturing businesses to improve workplace safety with a workplace injury prevention subsidy On average five people die and 4,528 people are severely injured in the manufacturing industry each year. Continue →


How Akaroa Harbour solved its communications crisis

Adding to consistent local tourism and fishing vessels, the number of cruise ships visiting Akaroa had increased dramatically following the 2011 earthquakes and existing communications at Akaroa Harbour did not have the capability for increased usage The Environment Canterbury Harbourmaster’s Office is responsible for managing all maritime-related activities that may affect safe vessel navigation on Canterbury’s many waterways.  Continue →

Firefighters train using virtual reality

The new training technology, developed by a university academic, helps prepare firefighters for complex and unsafe scenarios which are difficult to reproduce using traditional training methods or are no longer possible due to environmental, community and regulatory constraints In addition to a VR headset and breathing apparatus, the FLAIM system incorporates an industry-standard hose-line system and protective clothing which produces realistic heat generation – simulating the temperature increase that occurs as the wearer approaches or fails to adequately control the fire. Continue →

Fire Protection

How Fusesaver is reducing the risk of electrical fires

As the world’s fastest medium voltage circuit-breaker, Fusesaver can react in 10 milliseconds to prevent sparks from faulty power lines or traditional pole fuses, particularly ideal for countries and communities with high bushfire or wildfire risk The Yatala factory is home to the innovative Siemens Fusesaver, a product that is helping eliminate up to 80 percent of sustained electricity outages on rural networks in over 30 countries. 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

Asbestos went undetected in botched demolition

A company was fined $150,000 after a botched home demolition job triggered a gas leak, trapped a neighbour in her property and left workers at risk of exposure to asbestos During the incident in December 2017 Quick Earth Moving Limited used two large diggers to pull down a house in Point Chevalier and immediately ran into issues. Continue →


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 →

Taking the killer stress out of wire rope applications

Tough but elastic Wearlon™ sheaves protect against the common problems with wire rope Wire rope is integral to lifting, shifting and power transmission across a host of industries, starting with mining in the 1830s and extending since across wide swathes of industry. Continue →