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Blog
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.
Blog
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.
Blog
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.
Blog
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 around people entering and working on our construction sites, CHASNZ and Site Safe have worked together to develop a guide and on Site Access Requirements for consultation with industry.
Tools
WorkSafe | CHASNZ Fatalities Construction Dashboard | December 2019
Explore monthly data collected and reported by CHASNZ and WorkSafe to December 2019
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
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
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.
Blog
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."
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WorkSafe | Comms in response to RNZ reporting
WorkSafe has issued a statement in response to RNZ reporting on workplace fatalities.
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.
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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.
Blog
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].
Guides
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.
Blog
CHASNZ appoints Chris Alderson as new CEO
CHASNZ is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Alderson as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer.
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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
Blog
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
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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)'.
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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.
Blog
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.
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
Blog
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.
Blog
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.