Health
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Construction the worst industry for workplace wellbeing

New Zealand’s construction workplaces rate just 55 out of 100 in a new wellbeing study by Skills Consulting Group According to the Skills Consulting Group Work Wellbeing Index, which surveyed nearly 1500 Kiwi workers, New Zealand has an overall work wellbeing score of 62 out of 100, with construction coming in at 55. Continue →
Injury
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Unsupervised trainee killed by crane

WorkSafe New Zealand is warning businesses that it is unacceptable to allow staff to operate cranes and other machinery without direct supervision or appropriate training The warning comes after a fatal incident in Christchurch in January 2020. Continue →




Management
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Man racks up fines for obstructing WorkSafe inspections

If people fail to comply with WorkSafe inspectors, they run the risk of facing legal enforcement action WorkSafe New Zealand are reminding people that they are obligated to comply with WorkSafe inspectors exercising their compliance powers under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. Continue →
Training
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Is standardised training the way forward?

Southbase Construction introduced a forward-thinking professional development programme in 2017 to support consistency across teams and career progression The programme gives employees access to 60 micro-learning courses, each designed to help them upskill in a specific area. Continue →




Fire Protection
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Stop electrical fires and stay ahead of regulations with new AFDD tech

With the rise of remote working, many Kiwis are using more electricity-dependent devices at home, often plugged into unattended multi-plugs, which can place a greater burden on switchboards and increase the risk of electrical fires There are approximately 5,000 building fires in New Zealand every year, with about 1,000 being electricity-oriented. Continue →
PPE
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PPE – your last line of defence

Risk cannot always be eliminated in the workplace, so if the worst does happen, having the right safety equipment will help protect your workers and yourself when WorkSafe comes knocking Safety at work is everyone’s business and should include a safety equipment list. Continue →




Chemicals
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Chemical burns after businesses fail to co-ordinate

The Ministry for Primary Industries has been fined $30,000 for failing to ensure workers were not exposed to hazardous chemicals while managing an outbreak of Mycloplasma bovis In 2017 in efforts to manage an outbreak of Mycloplasma bovis, MPI contracted biosecurity company AsureQuality who in turn engaged OneStaff to provide temporary workers to assist with cleaning and disinfecting work. Continue →
Hazardous Substances
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New classification system for hazardous substances

New Zealand has implemented a new classification system for hazardous substances, affecting the rules for importers, manufacturers and suppliers On 30 April 2021, New Zealand adopted a new classification system for hazardous substances under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (HSNO). Continue →




Access
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$63k in fines due to unsafe work from heights

Two parties were fined a total of $63,000 after twice disregarding WorkSafe notices about unsafe work from a height, and putting workers at risk of serious harm The Judge also imposed a Project Order under section 155 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, which require both parties to prepare and present at least three safety seminars and produce an article outlining the incident and the lessons learned from it for publication in an industry magazine. Continue →
Sponsored
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Precision hydraulics helps defend the America’s Cup

One-Design rule means all the challengers used Hydraulink products for the Foil Cant System Hydraulics helped provide the tools for this job – but the real tribute goes to the designers, crews and organisers who worked for years to make the new AC75 class the astounding spectacle it was, says Hydraulink Kiwi born director Lee Short. Continue →