Health
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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 →
Injury
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Collision after faulty truck’s brakes fail

Vehicles are the biggest cause of acute harm in any workplace, says WorkSafe, and a recent prosecution resulting in a $150,000 fine has highlighted the need for all companies to ensure their fleets are properly maintained In a reserved decision released by the Tauranga District Court , Sorensen Transport Limited was sentenced after one of its truck’s brakes failed and a worker was injured. Continue →

Management
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Your culture will make or break your business

Failures of culture—from big bank Wells Fargo to Volkswagen—have been the single biggest destroyers of value in the last five years, writes Humu Chief Executive Laszlo Bock Every CEO and HR professional knows (or at least says) that culture is a priority, but for far too long management has had only a blunt set of instruments to deal with cultural issues: fire the offensive engineer, swap in new leaders, overhaul the board and hope for the best. Continue →
Training
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Learning safely from our mistakes

Virtual Reality creates an artificial environment which enables real world learning from virtual reactions Gareth Beck (left), Health Safety Advisor, Aurecon, with Heindri Conradie, Digital Specialist, wearing the VR headset For a look into the future of Health and Safety a good person to speak to is Gareth Beck, H&S Advisor at engineering and infrastructure company Aurecon and a founding member of NZ Institute of Safety Management’s Emerging Safety Leaders group. Continue →

Fire Protection
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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 →
PPE
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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 →

Chemicals
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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




Access
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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 →
Sponsored
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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 →