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CHASNZ | People doing tremendous work in a very difficult environment and circumstance
Last week, McConnell Dowell showed CHASNZ a prototype drill they have designed to help deal with a particularly difficult problem they have experienced. Jon shared, "It’s a great example of kiwi innovation and so impressive to see the client (Watercare) and the contractor (McConnell Dowell) working together to solve problems with their peoples’ safety in mind." After a site tour, Jon had the privileged of delivering the toolbox talk to the project team, “The culture and energy on the project is excellent”.
Literature
Massey University | Residential Builders tell us how to prevent discomfort, pain and injury
In 2014, 61 experienced builders from around New Zealand were interviewed at work and asked what they thought were the risk factors to musculoskeletal problems (MSDs) in building and how these could be overcome. 164 interventions were recommended and then rated by the builders themselves, the researchers and also rated as to what was supported by evidence in the literature.
Alerts
Auckland Transport Safety Alert | Worker injured after ingesting fuel
On Tuesday 7 July 2021, a worker ingested an unknown quantity of unleaded fuel while priming a siphon to transfer fuel from one portable generator to another. He was taken to the nearest medical centre where the doctor that examined him admitted him to Middlemore A&E. He underwent a nasal lavage and was kept under observation for several hours before being discharged.
Alerts
Auckland Transport Safety Alert | Air Excavation Operations
In June the operator of an AirVac system was harmed when his leg was sucked into the live unit. The operator was excavating using an extension pipe, when the AirVac became blocked. He placed the extension pipe on the ground and left it running to clear itself. The operator continued other work in close proximity to the still running AirVac. When the blockage cleared the operators leg was pulled into the pipe. The worker has a fractured foot and is off work for a minimum of two months.
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CHASNZ Ergonomics | The top five Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) myths in Construction
Few people would still support the existence of The Loch Ness Monster, the Yeti or even our very own Taniwha yet many have not questioned some of the myths around managing MSDs in the construction industry. The trouble with myths is they create unnecessary fear and hinder progress so they need to be challenged. Watch our short video; the top five myths in construction that still require debunking.
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Civil Contractors New Zealand | Waka Kotahi announces move to safer bitumen technology
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has issued a technical advice note indicating its intention to move from hot cutback bitumen to bitumen emulsion products. Civil Contractors NZ Technical Manager Stacy Goldsworthy said the change was positive and demonstrated Waka Kotahi's leadership to deliver better outcomes for workers handling and using bitumen in roading applications. CHASNZ General Manager H&S Innovation Jon Harper-Slade congratulated CCNZ on its advocacy for the change.
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Requesting Feedback | Delivering and Installing windows as an Injury Prevention Initiative
Although it is well known that lifting can be a hazard for workers, there is no 'magic number' in health and safety regulations worldwide describing a safe weight for lifting. The maximum acceptable amount of weight a worker can handle depends on the worker's build and fitness, the height lifted from and to, the distance from the body, the frequency of lifting and many other factors. Chris Polaczuk, CHASNZ and Brett Francis, Window & Glass Association NZ, invite you to feedback on these questions by the 30th August 2021. We also welcome assistance and ongoing input into this project so let us know if you are interested. You can submit your feedback online.
Tools
Waka Kotahi | Hiwa App
Te Hiwa has been created to support you in learning more of Te Ao Māori – the Māori world, Te Ara Kotahi - Our Māori Strategy and Te Mātangi - the Waka Kotahi Māori Partnerships team. Te Hiwa is a culturally important tool for Waka Kotahi and they hope that it helps you on your Māori cultural learning journey.
Tools
Men’s Health Week New Zealand | 14 - 20 June, 2021
Men’s Health Week is part of a global health awareness campaign marked in the US, Europe and Australasia. The week focuses on the health issues all men face and raises awareness of steps men can take to help address these. ‍ Men’s Health Week was awarded the 2020 Men’s Health Advocacy Award by the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand in recognition of the campaign’s continued commitment to lifting the profile and awareness of health issues which particularly impact on men. Why not take one (or all!) of their Quizzes!‍‍
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HASANZ | Awareness and understanding of the role of different health and safety disciplines
A competent and qualified health and safety professional workforce is key component in improving New Zealand’s health and safety performance and outcomes. For risks to be well managed, organisations need to be able to access specialist skills and advice when they need them. HASANZ is undertaking market research to measure the awareness and understanding of the different health and safety disciplines. It will take around 6 minutes to complete this survey and everyone who completes it will be entered into the draw for a $250 cash prize!
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Build Magazine | Who’s responsible for health and safety in design?
Health and Safety in Design (HSiD) is the process of managing health and safety risks throughout the life cycle of structures, plant, substances or other products. Health and safety in design does not end with the design phase. It should be an ongoing process involving all parties – including designer, contractor and client – throughout a project’s life cycle.
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Civil Contractors New Zealand | Tōtika makes pre-qualification of H&S capabilities easier
Tōtika is live, streamlining the pre-qualification process for buyers and suppliers in the New Zealand construction and civil infrastructure industries.The new scheme, launched by Construction Health & Safety New Zealand (CHASNZ), provides a uniform and easy-to-use framework for supplier health and safety pre-qualification. Before Tōtika, suppliers had to pre-qualify against a variety of different schemes and standards, taking a considerable amount of time for suppliers, reducing the number tender bids received by clients and creating inefficiency in the supply chain.
Guides
WorkSafe | Personal protective equipment (PPE)
PPE is anything used or worn by a person (including clothing) to minimise risks to the person’s health and safety. This may include respiratory protective equipment, hearing protection, eye protection, protective clothing, and safety harness systems.
News
Survey | Prevention & Management of Musculoskeletal Problems (MSDs) in the Scaffolding-Industry Survey
Welcome to the prevention and management of musculoskeletal problems (MSDs) in the Scaffolding-Industry Survey. This survey aims to gather information on what is currently being done to prevent and manage MSDs in the Scaffolding industry in New Zealand. It also identifies potential stakeholders and contributors to developing a programme to address the problem. The survey is being conducted by an industry led task force formed to: "Improve the musculoskeletal wellbeing and productivity of the construction/scaffolding workforce through industry collaboration, establishing best practice and using innovation". If you have any questions or queries regarding the task force contact: Jessica Pritchard - Jessica@SARNZ.org.nz
Alerts
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency | Easter traffic hotspots and advice
It's Easter Weekend! Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency reminds travellers to build in time this long weekend and get there and back again safely and enjoyably.
Alerts
Waka Kotahi | Critical risk safety alert | Site Safety and driver behaviors
To address traffic risks on our sites we use many controls, most of which are guided by the Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management (CoPTTM). The effectiveness of some prescribed controls, particularly administrative controls, can be reduced greatly by undesirable human behaviour and failures.
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'I thought I was paralysed' - Construction worker recounts collapsing after enduring pressures of the industry
I thought I was paralysed' - Construction worker recounts collapsing after enduring pressures of the industry - More than 48,000 injury claims were received by ACC for construction last year - more than any other sector.
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WorkSafe | Whakaiti Kino service and utility strike harm reduction project
Whakaiti Kino uses the #BetterWorkNZ website to pull together ideas that people can discuss and share with each other. Their website enables anyone to put forward an idea about how industry can be improved, the way we work and reduce harm to workers when underground services and utilities are hit during construction activity.
Alerts
Waka Kotahi | Critical risk safety alert | Sanwa Seiki brake systems on some Nissan UD trucks
Waka Kotahi are taking action on Sanwa Seiki brake systems on some Nissan UD trucks. They are doing this because of a number of incidents - including two fatalities - involving runaway vehicles when the operator of the vehicle believed the brake had been fully engaged when it hadn’t. These park brake systems, prevalent in some NC Class trucks were produced between 1993 and 2005. The factory-supplied Sanwa-Seki Park Brake Control Valve must be replaced with an alternative park brake control valve, preferably by one that is mounted to the left of the driver’s seat and that also has a graduated control action.
Guides
WorkSafe | Managing work site traffic – Good practice guidelines
This guide provides practical advice on ways to identify and control the health and safety risks associated with work site traffic.Work site traffic can be a major cause of harm to workers and other people at work sites. These guidelines are for any person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) who manages a work site where there are vehicles or mobile plant operating, or whose workers carry out work at a work site where there are vehicles or mobile plant operating. It may also be useful for workers, health and safety professionals, or traffic management consultants who are providing traffic management advice to PCBUs.
News
Commerce Commission New Zealand | Cartel Criminalisation
A cartel is where two or more businesses agree not to compete with each other. This conduct can take many forms, including price fixing, allocating markets, rigging bids or restricting output of goods and services. The new law criminalising cartels comes into effect on 8 April 2021.
Guides
Keep your cool this summer
Slip-on your hi-vis, slop on some sunscreen and slap on your hard hat! Keep your cool this summer. The Health Promotion Agency/Te Hiringa Hauora (HPA), MelNet, Melanoma New Zealand and Cancer Society of New Zealand have collated FREE resources for you to order. You can use these posters and other resources to share SunSmart messages with your community, including your family, workplace, sports club, community group, or school.
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Standards New Zealand | New Zealand Construction Industry Council | Revision of contract for buildings and civil engineering construction
Standards New Zealand and the New Zealand Construction Industry Council have completed a preliminary scoping workshop for the revision of NZS 3910:2013 Conditions of contract for buildings and civil engineering construction. This workshop was attended by a wide range of representatives from organisations that use this standard. As someone with an interest in this sector, SNZ would like your feedback about the proposed scope of NZS 3910. NZS want to ensure that the revised standard is widely accepted and fit for purpose. This survey should take about 15 minutes to complete and will provide valuable information on how to progress the revision.
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CHASNZ role | Programme Manager - Ergonomics
CHASNZ has a newly created key role to ensure the organisation is addressing musculoskeletal injuries in the construction sector. The person in the role will be responsible for research, development and implementation of an ergonomics and human factors approach to addressing the high number of sprain and strain type injuries in the construction industry.
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CHASNZ role | Advisory Groups Manager
CHASNZ has a newly created role for someone with a strong interest in health and safety, who is passionate about the construction industry. This role will be responsible for the successful implementation and support of all our sector Advisory Groups, working with key industry stakeholders and researching industry worldwide best practice.
Guides
Construction Sector Harm Dashboard Summary, September 2020
Construction Sector Harm Dashboard Summary, September 2020
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Contracting in a COVID-19 world
"One of the main contractual trends is the emergence of clauses specifically addressing and allocating risk for the impacts of COVID-19. Project- specific 'COVID clauses' have become particularly important because many traditional relief regimes, such as “change of law” provisions or Force Majeure/extension of time clauses, are unlikely to be sufficiently effective."
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CHASNZ to lead an independent review at Ports of Auckland
Mayor Phil Goff announced on Monday that Auckland Council has appointed Construction Health and Safety NZ to lead an independent health and safety review at Ports of Auckland (POAL).‍“With three fatalities at the Port in recent years, and a number of other serious injuries, as its shareholder,Auckland Council wants to ensure that POAL’s health and safety culture and the systems it operates better meet its goal of a zero harm workplace. A safe working environment is integral to the operation of a successful business". ‍Image courtesy of RNZ, Photo: 123RF.
Guides
HASNZ Cannabis Referendum Position Statement
This is an important document written for businesses to consider, post the results of the upcoming referendum. CHASNZ will be working with HASANZ and the construction industry to provide model impairment policies and guidance on the issues noted in this document. If you would like to contribute to this guide, please get in touch via info@chasnz.org
Guides
Temporary Works forum (NZ) | Technical Guidance Note 01: Engineered Scaffold (CPEng)
CHASNZ has endorsed this good practice guideline and we encourage the industry to refer and use this document during any temporary works.
News
New building work that doesn't need a building consent
From 31 August 2020, some building projects no longer need a building consent. This is great news - there will be lower costs and it will be faster and easier to turn those dreams into reality.
News
Fly the Flag for your MATES on World Suicide Prevention Day
"Are you okay?" is a simple question that holds a lot of meaning. 10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day. Make sure to not only fly the flag but also to check-in regularly on your friends and workmates on their mental health and wellbeing.
Subsidies
Workplace Injury Prevention (WIP) Subsidy
CHASNZ in partnership with ACC, have designed a Workplace Injury Prevention (WIP) subsidy that helps small and medium sized businesses in the residential construction sector meet the cost of health and safety training.
Alerts
Safety Alert: SH22 injury
On the 25th June 2020, during a semi static operation on SH22 in Auckland, a sub-contracted worker was hit in a live lane by a vehicle being driven by a member of the public.
Alerts
Hand sanitiser ignition - injuring haulier and causing vehicle fire
On 9th June 2020, an explosion and fire occurred after a driver applied alcohol-based hand sanitiser then proceeded to light a naked flame.
News
Doubling Down ... how you can help your workers thrive during and after COVID-19
In this article, Chris Alderson discusses some of the high level work factors that business owners and managers should be aware of and how they may relate to the coming months and years.
News
COVID-19 Level 3 Return To Work - Cross Industry Collaboration Success
Sending more than 2500 staff safely back on the tools in the midst of pandemic driven uncertainty, is a daunting undertaking, but an impressive collaboration between, Auckland Transport (AT) and it’s construction partners, guided by industry health and safety body, CHASNZ achieved just this.
Alerts
Safety Alert: Accident during drainage works
On the evening of the 27th March 2020 a member of the R&W Supply-chain was injured whilst installing a section of concrete pipe to terminate a drain run within a manhole.
News
ConstructSafe Assessment updates
We have opened up the ConstructSafe platform to provide a portal and app with more functionality including a “report in ” and “track and trace” function for businesses during all COVID-19 Alert levels.
Tools
Your Guide to Perfect PPE
Make sure you’re following PPE requirements by following these steps
Guides
Guide to Site Access Requirements
To address inconsistency of people entering and working on our construction sites, CHASNZ worked with industry to develop guidance around Site Access Requirements.
Tools
WorkSafe | CHASNZ Fatalities Construction Dashboard | December 2019
Explore monthly data collected and reported by CHASNZ and WorkSafe to December 2019
Tools
Client Leadership Framework Guidance Pack - Beta Version
A beta version of CHASNZ's Client Leadership Framework Guide. To be used in conjunction with the client leadership tool.
Tools
Client Leadership Self Assessment Tool - Beta Version
This is a beta version of the Client Leadership Framework self assessment tool. It is published for feedback from clients. It is to be used in conjunction with the Client Leadership Framework guidance pack.
Tools
CHASNZ Lag Metrics
Lag or results-based indicators are used to track the negative outcomes of health and safety performance over time and/or between industries, organisations, sites and functions. In order to be able to maximise the value of lag indicator recording it is essential to agree a common measurement framework.
News
WorkSafe | Comms in response to RNZ reporting
WorkSafe has issued a statement in response to RNZ reporting on workplace fatalities.
News
Government's new plan seeks to tackle construction sector issues
The Government has announced a three-year action plan which is expected to help lift the workforce and productivity to build houses, schools, roads, rail and hospitals throughout the country. Building and Construction Minister Jenny Salesa says "The plan promises a more even-handed approach: the government offering simpler, shorter contracts and businesses committing to train more staff."
Alerts
Incompatible anchors and clutches on tilt slabs
Incompatible anchors and clutches on tilt slabs are being used and have high potential to cause harm. Please read the safety alert product bulletin by Reid on; “How to identify a genuine Reid™ Edge Lift Anchor”. The purpose of this document is to help minimise the likelihood of lifting failure in a precast or tilt-up concrete element where incompatible Reid Clutches and Anchors are used.
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The Pathology of The New Zealand Construction Sector: why are we killing so many of our workers and what are we going to do about it?
This article is the first in a series concentrating on the drivers behind construction related Serious Injuries and Fatalities (SIFs) and where the leadership focus and investment needs to be to make significant change.Three focus areas are singled out specifically that relate to SIF elimination. It is written by Chris Alderson and Jon Harper-Slade from CHASNZ.
Literature
A study of the application of Safety in Design in recent transportation infrastructure projects in New Zealand
This study aims to understand the extent to which Safety in Design influences safety in recent transportation infrastructure projects in New Zealand.The concept of Safety in Design is that it is cheaper and easier to mitigate safety risks from across the project lifecycle by addressing them early. Safety in Design uses the knowledge gained from safety risk assessments to eliminate and minimise safety risks across the project lifecycle. The products of Safety in Design include a modified design and the creation of artefacts to communicate remaining risks and provide assurance that safety risks are managed to acceptable levels.
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Builders' suicide rate highest in NZ
Builders have the worst suicide rates of any industry, and the construction sector is moving to address some of the underlying factors.
News
Scholarships Created To Boost Health Aand Safety Workforce
An annual Scholarship Programme has been established by the Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ) to build the capability and capacity of New Zealand’s professional health and safety workforce.
Guides
Health information | Measles
"Adults are considered protected if they have had doctor diagnosed measles or 2 doses of a measles vaccine given after 12 months of age. Measles immunisation has been given at different ages since it was introduced in NZ in 1969." [source Regional Public Health]. "Measles is a highly contagious disease that can be life threatening. Find out what the symptoms are and how immunisation can protect you and your family. You can also call the Immunisation Advisory Centre toll-free on 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863) for advice." [source Ministry of Health].
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CHASNZ | Mental Health in Construction | Information for managers in the construction industry
CHASNZ, with assistance from Dr. Kate Bryson and the Mental Health Foundation has developed this guide to Mental Health in Construction for Managers, a short document that talks about the why, what and how of mental health across the industry. This document can be shared across organisations to help support those who are supervising their teams better understand and help workers dealing with mental health issues.
Guides
Mental Health Pocket Guide | How to have a conversation about mental health
This simple pocket guide is for all workers to assist before, during and after a conversation about mental health occurs with a worker. The intent is to normalise these conversations and create better workplace supportive bonds. This guide is consistent and supported by the upcoming launch of Mates in Construction.
Tools
WorkSafe | CHASNZ Fatalities Construction Dashboard | August 2019
CHASNZ Fatalities Construction Dashboard - August 2019
Tools
WorkSafe | ACC | The Construction Health and Safety Risk Cards
Together with WorkSafe, ACC offer resources and tools to help you keep healthy and safe in your workplace and industry. ACC can help you prevent injuries on a construction site. The Construction Health and Safety Risk Cards is an online resource with information to help you identify common risks and keep construction workers safe. WorkSafe also has resources to help construction workers.
Guides
WorkSafe | Building and Construction Industry Tools and Updates
Keep up to date with WorkSafe' toolkits, facilities, industry presentations and safety alerts.
Guides
WorkSafe | Working near low voltage overhead electric lines
WorkSafe launched its Guidelines for Working Near Low Voltage Power Lines this month. This is an important step forward for anyone working near buildings with overhead power lines. The document explains some effective controls as well as the requirements for close approach permits and the role of the building owner, even for a residential house. This guide also provides information on how to manage the risk of electric shock while work is being done near a live low voltage overhead electric line.
News
CHASNZ appoints Chris Alderson as new CEO
CHASNZ is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Alderson as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer.
News
The HASANZ Register is open for business!
The HASANZ Register of Health and Safety Professionals (HASANZ Register) is open for business at www.register.hasanz.org.nz
News
Who are CHASNZ?
In March 2018, a peak Health and Safety body was established, Construction Health & Safety New Zealand, CHASNZ, a charitable trust. In 2017, construction industry leaders agreed that a single voice was needed to champion and raise the standard of health and safety across the entire New Zealand construction sector. The consensus was that although progress had been made, focus was needed in 3 key areas. Watch this video to find out more about CHASNZ. Enjoy!
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Training organisations call truce to make construction industry safer
Construction safety organisations are signalling an end to turf wars that have got in the way of making the high-risk industry safer.
Alerts
WorkSafe | Accelerated Silicosis Safety Alert
Silicosis is an irreversible and progressive disease that causes fibrosis of the lungs from the inhalation of RCS.
Tools
LeadSafe Essentials programmes
Essential Skills is a new entry level programme establishing new benchmarks for crews to improve safety. The Essential Skills programme has been developed specifically to support the construction and infrastructure industry, to see core skills of Tier 1 level staff increase and pass rates of Tier 1 ConstructSafe increase across the industry
News
Things that need to change - a need for workforce upskilling in New Zealand
Representatives of some of New Zealand’s biggest civil construction projects are collaborating to help lift the sector’s health and safety performance.
Guides
Suicide in New Zealand’s Construction Industry Workforce: Factors Identified in Coronial Reports (2019)
SiteSafe has produced 'Suicide in New Zealand’s Construction Industry Workforce: Factors Identified in Coronial Reports (2019)'.
News
New Research into Suicide in the Construction Industry
Chris Alderson discusses report produced by Site Safe New Zealand into Suicide in New Zealand's Construction Industry Workforce.
Guides
Temporary Works forum (NZ) | Temporary Works Procedural Control | Good Practice Guideline
CHASNZ has endorsed this good practice guideline and we encourage the industry to refer and use this document during any temporary works.
Alerts
Broadspectrum | Product Recall - Exofit Harness
3M Fall Protection has learned of the possibility of a manufacturing defect in a dorsal d-ring utilized in ExoFit NEX™ harnesses manufactured between January 2016 and December 2018.
Alerts
Live Traffic Corridors | Fatality – workers hit by third party vehicle
At approximately 1:50 pm on Tuesday, our Higgins team in the Rotorua area suffered a devastating tragedy, losing three friends and colleagues when their work area was struck by a third-party truck while completing regular, programmed road maintenance activities along State Highway 2 near Whakatane where the maximum speed limit is 100 km/hr.
Alerts
Auckland Transport | Traffic Management Plans (TMP)
On Sunday 6 March, 2016 an individual died at the scene of a motor vehicle incident on Mullins Rd, Papakura after their car went off the road and through a wooden fence.
News
We need to slow down!
Chris Alderson discusses the Auckland Transport Safe Speeds Programme.
Guides
Construction sector to look into high suicide rate as company collapses add stress
A construction industry safety organisation has received funding to study why the suicide rate and mental health issues are so high in the sector. A study by the Building Research Association last year discovered 6.9 per cent of overall suicides were in the construction industry.
Guides
Introduction to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
"This quick reference guide summarises the key components of HSWA including the roles and responsibilities of PCBUs, officers, workers and others in managing workplace health and safety risks."
Tools
The HASANZ Register
The HASANZ Register is a one-stop shop to find verified health and safety advisers. This online, national register is a first for New Zealand and it’s FREE to use. You can search for professional help from the point of view of the problem you are trying to solve, eg, asbestos, noise, health and safety policies, fatigue or falls. Health and safety professionals have to meet stringent competency standards to be on it. Look for the HASANZ Registered quality mark, similar to a warrant of fitness. The HASANZ Register has been developed by the Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ) with funding from WorkSafe New Zealand and ACC.
Tools
SafeGuard CHASNZ
SafeGuard CHASNZ
News
What Good Looks Like
By positively engaging your workforce in health and safety and making it an integral part of business, you are ensuring that all your staff keep themselves and others safe in the workplace.
News
Focus Construction
Focus Construction struck gold at the Safeguard NZ Workplace Health & Safety Awards 2018. The category they won with their ‘SWER campaign’ was the SiteSafe best health and safety initiative by a business of now more than 50 staff. Hear more about this winning campaign from Health & Safety Manager, Kerry Rodda.
Guides
SARNZ Residential Guidelines
Access and fall protection in residential construction.
Guides
CEO Guide to Mental Health and Wellbeing at Work
Meeting obligations to prevent harm Harnessing opportunities to thrive.
Tools
Digital Construction Risk Cards
Construction Risk and Safety Cards making them more accessible and tailored for your industry.
Guides
Construction Sector Harm Dashboard - August 2018
Construction Sector Harm Dashboard - August 2018
Alerts
Transmission Gully | Unattended LV
A digger has tracked into a parked, unattended LV causing damage to the left hand rear door and step.
Alerts
NZTA | Safety Alert - Roller Slide
Earthworks team where constructing a crane pad in preparation for the installation of the pre-cast panels at retaining wall 10. A PCB barrier had been placed in front of the wall posts to fill against. The roller operator was told by the Project Engineer to remain at least 1m away from the edge of the barrier. During compaction, the roller has slid down into the uncompacted fill in front of the barrier becoming wedged at an acute angle
Alerts
WorkSafe | Crane owners, operators urged to conduct safety checks
Crane owners and operators need to check a key component following the preliminary results of a WorkSafe investigation into the cause of an incident which led to the death of a construction worker in Box Hill.
Alerts
4 metre fall caused by brack-hooking/chocking a lanyard
On the 21 April 2018 on a Western Australian Mine a 4-metre fall occurred when a user of fall-arrest equipment back-hooked/chocked his lanyard to an anchor point/steel structure prior to falling.
Alerts
Partial Finger Amputation
An Inframax employee partially amputated his index finger while operating a peg rammer to bang in culvert marker peg. He was installing a peg close to an electric farm fence and was mindful of avoiding this, which contributed to the positioning of the rammer and his hands.
Alerts
Roller Tip Over
A 1.5 ton Roller slid off the shoulder and tipped onto it's side. Luckily the driver was wearing a seatbelt and was uninjured.
Alerts
Excavator Tip Over
On Monday 6th Aug, a contractor was unloading a 13-ton excavator from a transport trailer when it slipped sideways off the trailer at the top of the ramp, and tip onto its side.
Alerts
Roller Down Bank
MVA - A transporter operator sustained minor injury while delivering a roller to site because the roller slid down the side of a bank into a creek.
Alerts
Positive in Emergency Response Training
Emergency response training pays off. While walking past a truck, a worker collapsed to the ground. The truck driver used the agreed signal of a long blast on the horn and the workers turned and saw their colleague collapsed and immediately started to carry out their emergency response training.
Alerts
Underground Consumer Electrical Cable Struck By Grundomat
A Grundomat (pneumatic thruster)came into contact with a 3 phase 415 volt (low voltage)underground consumer electrical cableon an nbn Co HFC Project work site in NSW. At the time of the incident, the subcontractor work crew were installing a new pipe and cable link up,using the Grundomat to create the access route under the ground.
Alerts
Driveshaft parking brake failures in commercial and industrial vehicles
This technical bulletin is aimed at owners and operators of trucks and plant fitted with Cardan shaft parking brakes.
Alerts
Line Haul truck strikes occupied TC shelter
Line Haul truck was travelling south along SH1 at Ohau Point hauling a portacom. Unknown to the driver, it appears the door of the portacom building being transported had swung open and made contact with a Traffic Control Shelter with the Manual Traffic Controller inside.
Alerts
Hydraulic Fluid Injection Injury
Whilst using a hydraulic torque wrench to remove bolts on a flange, the seal between the swivel manifold post and the cassette failed, resulting in high pressure hydraulic fluid ejecting and penetrating through a workers glove and into their finger.
Alerts
NZTA | Safety Alert
Approved code of practice for operator protective structures on self-propelled mobile mechanical plant describes good practice for operator protective structures, operator training, loading for transportation and seat belts.
Alerts
WorkSafe has fined worker $500 for failing to wear PPE
Employee seen by WorkSafe Inspector not wearing PPE when concrete cutting.
Guides
Health and Safety at Work | quick reference guide
This quick reference guide summarises the key components of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA), including the roles and responsibilities of businesses, officers, workers and others in managing workplace health and safety risks.