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Notification of AGM / Call for Board Nominations / Proposed Change to Rules

Site Safe members will soon receive a memorandum on the 2014 Site Safe Annual General Meeting (AGM) and call for Board member nominations. The memo also discusses the proposed change of constitutional rules for co-opting Board Directors.

Entries Now Open - Site Safe Construction Health and Safety Awards 2014

The awards acknowledge people, sites and companies that are demonstrating excellence in the areas of leadership, and innovation (both small and large businesses).

Development of Regulations to support the new Health and Safety at Work Act

A discussion document outlining proposals for new health and safety regulations has been released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Site Safe NZ Inc Price List 2014-2015 - effective 1 June 2014

Providing practical and helpful solutions and services to Site Safe members and the entire construction industry of New Zealand continues to be a core focus.

NEW Safety Awareness Workshops

Site Safes NEW Safety Awareness Workshops are a mechanism to provide greater health and safety engagement and awareness with workers.

Membership Price Changes for 2014-15

Site Safe membership fees will come into effect 1 June 2014. Membership invoices will be sent out the week commencing 5 May 2014.


Building Construction Passport survey - have your say!

To assist Site Safe in effectively providing best practice education to the construction industry, we want to hear your views on the progression of the Building Construction Passport course.

Health and Safety Reform Bill introduced - have your say!

The biggest health and safety reform in 20 years is one step closer with the introduction of the Health and Safety Reform Bill into Parliament.

Planning for Growth

Site Safe is uniquely positioned to provide leadership, influence and support to achieve high standards of health and safety to those in the construction sector.
To meet future demand and achieve the high standards set by industry leaders, Site Safe has recently undertaken a review of its structure to ensure it is positioned well for this.

Creative solutions and a holistic approach

McConnell Dowell Safety Advisor Martin Ridley spoke to Lauren Prestney from Site Safe about their award winning project.

Case Study: Positive light on the adoption of height safety working practices

Breen Homes have put in place new systems and policies around height safety in response to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) push on the safety of working at heights, and the desire to see all of their workers and contractors return home safely to their families and friends.

Safety Awareness Workshops - coming soon

A new flexible choice option for passport renewal.

Welcome WorkSafe NZ and Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season!


Site Safe re-opened on Monday 6 January.


Site Safe NZ is looking forward to contributing to positive changes in health and safety performance across New Zealand. We look forward to working with members, WorkSafe and all those who contribute to making NZ construction a healthier and safer workplace in 2014.


Te Tau Hou Hari - Happy New Year!

Site Safe Evening of Celebration

Over 300 people from across the construction industry attended the 2013 Site Safe Evening of Celebration at the Auckland Ellerslie Event Centre on 30 th October.

NZ Defence Force Nailing Its Flag to Site Safety Scheme

Contractors working without Site Safe accreditation need not apply for work on New Zealand Defence Force construction projects, as the organisation continues to strengthen its commitment to safety.

Earlier this year, the Defence Force commissioned an independent external review of its safety management and training systems and all of its recommendations are currently being implemented.

Changes to Health and Safety Legislation - Your view counts

MBIE has released a draft Health & Safety Reform Bill and exposure draft for public consultation. This move is part of the Governments response to the Independent Taskforce Report.

Site Safe is facilitating member and industry views so we invite all members to submit their opinions to Geoff Wilson, Site Safes Relationships & Development Manager at gwilson@sitesafe.org.nz.

Construction Health and Safety Award Winners Leading the Charge: Health and Safety on the Cusp of a Revolution

The Site Safe 2013 Construction Health and Safety Awards winners were announced and celebrated at the Evening of Celebration event in Auckland, 30th October.

The event's key-note speaker Minister of Labour Hon. Simon Bridges said "this is an important night for the newly minted champions; as this is a significant time we are truly on the cusp of a health and safety revolution."

Media Release - 500,000 Safe Actions in Construction

Now in its fourteenth year, Site Safe celebrates 500,000 safe actions of health and safety training being completed by people within the construction industry. The training takes both a skills and behavioural approach which raises awareness of safety hazards on sites and how to manage them.

Canterbury Rebuild Safety Charter

In a ground-breaking partnership, more than fifty construction, insurance, central and local government leaders have signed and endorsed a Safety Charter to help keep everyone working on the Canterbury rebuild safe.

Signatories have all committed to the 10 actions in the Canterbury Rebuild Safety Charter, aiming to create a consistent and collective approach to health and safety on all worksites in the rebuild.

Media Release - Finalists Announced in the Site Safe Construction Health and Safety Awards 2013

Having started the search for construction health and safety excellence back in May, it is now time to reveal the 2013 Site Safe Construction Health and Safety Award finalists!

Site Safe Chief Executive Alison Molloy said "Recognition of great work is so important to influencing the way people think thats why we are so proud to bring these celebrations to the industry."

Announcement: National Workplace Health and Safety Reform

Today Labour Minister Simon Bridges announced "The Working Safer package - represents a major step change in New Zealands approach to meet our target of reducing the workplace injury and death toll by 25 percent by 2020.

New Service Delivery Model for MBIE's health and safety inspectorate - from 1 July

Three separate and specialised teams of Health and Safety Inspectors - Response, Investigations and Assessment.

Situations Vacant: Key Account & Electrical Course Administrator / Client Services

We are looking for a friendly, highly motivated person with outstanding customer service skills to join our Client Services Team in Wellington in a full time position. This role is a combination of Customer Services, Account and Administration Duties.

LAUNCH! First Aid Construction Safety - Site Safe's Newest Higher-Level Course

Site Safe has partnered up with St John to provide even greater value to the construction industry. One of the outcomes of this is the development of a new Site Safe higher level training course.

Safety Bulletin: Management of traffic on construction sites

Those involved in planned events within the road reserve* have a statutory duty to identify and take all practical steps to manage any hazards resulting from their activities.

Media Release - Site Safe NZ Inc Welcomes the Recommendations made in the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety Report


Site Safe's Chief Executive Alison Molloy said "in particular Site Safe supports the recommendations: greater worker involvement, a new agency working closely with ACC Government Procurement Practices, and improved incentives to reward good health and safety performance."

Site Safe NZ Inc Appoints New CE

The Site Safe Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of Site Safe's new Chief Executive, Alison Molloy started this role on the 30 April 2013.

Price Changes for 2013

The Site Safe NZ Inc prices now include GST. Since 1 April 2013 - price changes have been made on selected items from our broader safety product range and all training products. Price adjustments to AppCon fees will be effective from 1 May 2013 and Site Safe membership fees will be effective from 1 June 2013.

Passport Renewal Options - Survey Results

A Passport Renewal Options survey was sent to all Site Safe Member Companies, as well as all Companies who had undertaken training with Site Safe.

Prosecution Corner - January 2013

Department of Labour v VLI Drilling Pty Ltd and South Pacific Meats Ltd v New Zealand Meat Workers Union Inc.

Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety Consultation

Site Safe NZ Inc submitted a paper for the Independent Task Force on Workplace Health and Safety consultation and raised some key issues.

Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety Consultation

Site Safe NZ Inc submitted a paper for the Independent Task Force on Workplace Health and Safety consultation and raised some key issues. To read the summary of the key issues Site Safe raised and the full submission, then please click here.

Site Safe 2012 Evening of Celebration - Awards & Graduation

Click here to view this years Site Safe Certificate in Construction Site Safety Graduates

Click here to view the winners of the Inaugural Site Safe Construction Health & Safety Awards.

Pike River Tragedy puts welcome pressure on health and safety regulatory framework

The Pike River disaster of 19 November 2010 will bring about many changes to the operation of high hazard workplaces through increased government regulatory funding, an established high hazard unit and a health and safety system independent taskforce review.

View the full report, click here

Working at Heights Safely Alert Bulletin:

Media Release: Project management company prosecuted for failing to ensure safety on worksite

Wellington project management company Icon Projects Limited has been fined $13,000 after it failed to ensure adequate health and safety systems were in place on a worksite it was managing.

Site Safe 2011/2012 Annual Report and AGM

Site Safe 2011/2012 Annual Report is now available to view. Site Safe New Zealand Inc will hold its Annual General Meeting on September 24, 2012, at the Wellington Site Safe office.

Site Safe is proud to announce the inaugural Construction Health & Safety Awards

The Awards acknowledge people, sites or companies/organisations who have demonstrated innovation and leadership in helping to improve health and safety in the construction industry. The Awards are a way of giving national recognition to those who are making a difference in the contstruction sector.

Certificate in Construction Site Safety: Graduation Sponsorship Opportunities - 2012

We would like to invite you to consider Sponsorship Opportunities for the 2012 Evening of Celebration.

Certificate in Construction Site Safety Scholarships

Site Safe in conjunction with Unitec are pleased to announce 6 Scholarships targeting trainees to complete the Certificate in Construction Site Safety.

Safety Bullentin - Hard Hat Basic Safety

The use of occupational helmets, commonly known as "hard hats", protect workers from hazards such as being struck by falling objects or from striking the head against a fixed or protruding object. Hard hats also protect against other hazards such as inadvertent contact with electricity, exposure to UV, weather, and extremes of temperature.

Assisting Future Generations - youth education encouraging benefits of safe behaviour in the workplace

To help Schools, Polytechnics and Universities encourage students to recognise the benefits of safe behaviour at work, Site Safe has introduced a new student rate for Site Safe Passport training. It is hoped that early health and safety training will assist future generations to create a safer construction industry.

Innovations with Scaffold Safety in Canterbury's Shaky Conditions

How do you make eight stories of four-sided scaffolding a healthy and safe environment in amongst after-shocks, snow, rain, wind and in a tight deadline? Lauren Cahill speaks to Walter Savage the Senior Construction Manager from Arrow International to find out.


Renewing your Advanced Passport?

Want to renew yourAdvanced Passport Training card?You may have noticed that there is no specific 'Update' course available for Advanced Passport training so we haveoutlined the options for you when your cardis about to expire.

New Product Launch!

Safety Manager intuitive management software was officially launched at the 2011 National Safety Show. The focus for developing Safety Manager was to focus on real client needs and to make that as functional and user-friendly as possible.The cost is as competitive and is looking to have a high adoption rate.

2011/2010 Annual Report

Members can now view the 2011/2010 Annual Report by looking under the Members tab.

Training Fee Price Increase 2011

The last price adjustment was in November 2009. As a result of a recent review, we wish to advise that the prices included will be effective from 1 April 2011.

These price increases are necessary to ensure we can continue to deliver the quality products and services that we are proud to acknowledge are making a real difference to the New Zealand construction safety culture.

Christchurch Earthquake Update Message:

The Site Safe Christchurch team is now working from its office Unit 3/10 Acheron Drive, Middleton, Christchurch.
As of March 21, standard training has been up and running, this includes the Building Construction Passport. For enquires about training or other services please refer to either this website for updates or contact us on 03 348 5788.

Workplace Health and Safety Strategy for New Zealand to 2015

The Minister of Labour, Hon Kate Wilkinson has publically released the National Action Agenda 2010-2013 - you can view it here: www.dol.govt.nz/whss/ .

New Sun Safety Advice for Outdoor Workers

Updated advice has been issued for outdoor workers with specific information on how to protect themselves from ultraviolet (UV) light, in time for the height of the summer.
 
The fact sheet sets out simple steps workers can take to protect themselves from UV rays and it also provides information about health monitoring for employers and their staff. 

Site Safe NZ - Online Booking Survey analysis feedback

At Site Safe, we’re committed to delivering the best service we can. One way of doing that is through our online booking system, which aims to provide a fast and efficient means of getting you and your colleagues on the right training course; no hassle.

To make sure we’re getting it right, we recently asked over a hundred customers what they thought of the online booking service.

Wellington Trades Apprentice Safety Challenge Event - Wrap up

The Wellington Trades Apprentice Safety Challenge on November 26 was a successful and innovative way to raise safety awareness for younger workers in the construction industry.

The teams were from trades spread across the industry - from carpenters to scaffolders to mechanical engineers. The competition involved teams of 4 trades apprentices taking part in practical exercises and activities for which they are awarded points for safety knowledge and skills.

Trades Apprentice Safety Challenge Photos

Subcontractors & Construction Safety Charter Accredited companies Networking Session

On the 13 December, Charter main contractor companies and 26 subcontractor companies got together to sit down and discuss as a group – how to improve health and safety practices in their working business partnerships.

 

A number of subjects were covered such as site specific safety plans and how the Charter Accreditation, audits and industry benchmarking operates. New ideas on how to improve the current working arrangements were exchanged between the groups attending.

Naylor Love Construction - Eye Injuries

One day a steel fixer contractor arrived at one of our construction sites and was told he needed safety glasses. He objected strenuously and only decided he would borrow a pair when he was told the alternative was to leave site . . . 

Forklifts and Carbon Monoxide - A Deadly Mix

The Department of Labour will visit 100 major hirers and sellers of forklifts within the next couple of months to raise awareness of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning when fuel-powered forklifts are used in poorly ventilated areas like cool stores.

Professional Developments for Site Safe's Safety Advisors

Recently nine Safety Advisors completed the NEBOSH International General Certificate. This qualification is internationally recognised and covers and extensive range of topics for the management of safety and health, controlling workplace hazards and a practical assessment of skills.

Media Release - Highlighting good news stories of health and safety in the New Zealand construction industry

A campaign to highlight leadership and good news stories of health and safety in construction was launched 28 October.

The stories will be delivered monthly via free to receive ‘E-Alerts' from Site Safe New Zealand. Each story will also be featured on the Site Safe website home-page for a month.

Department of Labour warns of dangers of working at heights

A Christchurch company has been sentenced after one of its workers was seriously injured when the telephone pole he was working on broke due to below ground rot.

Department of Labour Media Release - Worker killed by 200 kilogram glass sheet

The Department of Labour is reminding employers that they must do all they can to protect their workers after a North Shore employee was killed unloading sheets of glass.

Canterbury Earthquake Information

Here is some useful information to keep you safe during the demolition and repair phase.

 

Photo Gallery - 2010 Certificate in Construction Site Safety Graduation

Site Safe 2009-10 Annual Report

The Annual Report celebrates the achievements and results of the past finacial year and recognises those involved in assisting Site Safe promote and advance a culture of safety in the construction industry.

Happy 100th Birthday Naylor Love Construction!

Our congratulations to Naylor Love Construction, one of our Charter Accredited members, on reaching 100 years in business.

Employers Reminded To Identify Workplace Hazards

Wellington, July 22 NZPA - The Labour Department is reminding employers to be vigilant when identifying possible employee hazards in the workplace.

A company was ordered to pay a fine of $39,000 and reparation of $10,000 for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure an employee was not exposed to hazards.

Government unveils action plan set to affect the construction industry

The Minister of Labour, Kate Wilkinson, opened the second day of the National Safeguard Health and Safety Conference with the unveiling of a complete new action plan, to combat workplace injuries and deaths in New Zealand and a new document which will assist contractors and employers.

Electrical Update

The new Electrical Safety Regulations have come in effect from April 1 st 2010. This means that the AS/NZS 3000/2007 standard, including amendment 1, commonly known as the Wiring Rules have been cited and is also in effect from April 1 st .

Department of Building and Housing Update

In May, the New Zealand Government set up the Construction Industry Strategic Group to engage on key issues. The group of senior sector people will be chaired by Richard Aitken, who is also the chair of Beca Group Ltd. 

 Read more at www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1005/S00070.htm

Streamlining of the Licensed Building Practitioner scheme
Building Act Review aims: 

Some hot topics that were debated in the review were:

Feature Toolbox Talk - Confined Space

New Zealand companies have been given a timely reminder to be more aware of the dangers surrounding working in confined space. The recent confined space accident took place on board a log carrier at Marsden Point in Northland, where two men suffocated due to a lack of oxygen and a third man who was critically ill as a result was air-lifted to hospital.

It has been estimated that performing a task inside a confined space is 150 times more hazardous than doing the same job outside of a confined space.

Congratulations Sperian Ear Protection Competition Winners!

Updating your details online has its rewards

Height Responsibility in action

A project completed in 2009 at the NZ Oil Services Ltd ( NZOSL) Seaview Terminal in Lower Hutt was a classic demonstration of the importance of planning as the most effective means of controlling falls from height. A section of the roof was deemed un-fit for purpose and required replacing. The project presented a number of safety risks, one of the most significant of these being working at height in close proximity to the roof edge.

Best Practice Guidelines for Scaffolding at discounted rate for Site Safe Members

The Best Practise Guidelines for Scaffolding is an industry led statement of preferred work practices, or arrangements, for the purpose of ensuring the highest levels of health and safety for all those affected by scaffolding activities in New Zealand.

Prosecution Corner - News from the Courts

Falls from height continue to be the major cause of injuries and deaths within our industry. Following are several prosecutions and fines resulting from falls from height incidents – (for those of you who need to hear about ‘the stick’ side of health and safety).   We would like to thank Safeguard, as prosecution information has been reproduced from Safeguard CourtBase, www.safeguard.co.nz.

New Appointment at Site Safe - Geoff Wilson

Licensed Building Practitioner Update - February 2010

The main goals of licensing are to update and simplify the regulation of building work while still ensuring quality.

What work will be restricted to LBPs to do or supervise? From March 2012 ‘restricted building work' under the Building Act will mean work that is critical to the integrity of the structure of a house or a small-medium apartment building.

Licensed Building Practitioner CPD - Another Good Reason for Attending Site Safe Training!

Site Safe has been working closely with the Department of Building and Housing and is proud to announce that now Licensed Building Practitioners (LBPs) can earn points that count towards the maintenance of their Practitioner's License by attending certain Site Safe courses.

CPD - Are you an Architect or Engineer? Plumber, Gasfitter or Drainlayer?

If you are one of the above, then don’t forget that certain Site Safe courses can also gain you credit towards your own sectors’ Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes

Minister plans renewed health and safety focus

A review of New Zealand's Workplace Health and Safety Strategy has identified key areas where work is needed to reduce workplace deaths and accidents, says Minister of Labour Kate Wilkinson.

Changes Under Health and Safety in Employment (Pressure Equipment, Cranes and Passenger Ropeways) Regulations 1999

After extensive public consultation, the Department of Labour (DoL) has recently issued the third edition of the Approved Code of Practice for Cranes which came into effect on 7 January 2010. The complete document is available on the EoL website at www.osh.govt.nz/order/catalogue/10.shtml

Height Safety Association of New Zealand (HSANZ)

Established in early 2009 HSANZ is still a new organisation but has already contributed to several programs targeting safety at height.  With a growing membership and commitment to safety the association is dedicated to having a positive impact on the working at height accident rate.

Prosecution Corner February 2010

Prosecutions featured continue an unfortunate theme for our industry - falls from height resulting in significant injuries and significant fines.

Thank you for updating your membership details

Should you experience any log-in issues or if your company details are incorrect please contact either 04 499 2509 or email comments@sitesafe.org.nz



Changes to your membership renewal date

To save our members’ administration costs; Site Safe will now move to one membership renewal date. After consultation with some members the date chosen was June 1.

Building Construction Passport survey draw results announced

Congratulations go to the following five people who won the draw for a $100 MTA voucher.

New Toolbox Talk - Confined Space

It has been estimated that performing a task inside a confined space is 150 times more hazardous than doing the same job outside of a confined space.

Site Safe recently attended the Master Painters 2010 Conference in Invercargill

The presentation "A business case for Health and Safety - and the steps to get there" was delivered to the delegates of the Master Painters Conference. This is an important message for the typically small business representatives who make up the painting industry.

Training - Redevelopment of the Building Construction Passport

Recently an industry working group met in Wellington to provide feedback and input on a number of areas to the redevelopment of the Building Construction Passport - the training course attended by the majority of New Zealand construction workers.  

 

Specific changes discussed for the course involve:

·       More use of teamwork and group discussion (e.g. experienced workers sharing their knowledge with new entrants to the industry)

·        An increased use of interactive learning techniques such as virtual site tours.

Site Safe takes part in Certified Buider's fund-raiser for apprentices

When asked if Site Safe would like to be part of a fund raising event for the young apprentices at Certified Builders – we decided absolutely. The Certified Builders ‘Builders Day Out’ in Auckland, March 25, was a day of fun and an opportunity for industry to show its support to new recruits.

Prosecution Corner - News from the Courts - June 2010

For those of you who need to hear about ‘the stick' before they decide to change what they are doing, in this Prosecution Corner we feature a couple of incidents in the construction industry have lead to significant prosecutions and fines.  We would like to thank Safeguard, as prosecution information has been reproduced from Safeguard CourtBase, www.safeguard.co.nz .

Media Release: Site Safe and Operate Safe combine Industry Safety Cards - Passport Cards and Red Cards

Wellington , New Zealand , 19/4/2010

Site Safe, today announced:  The construction industry is adopting a new approach to reducing the injury toll by making health and safety more effective through co-ordination across all parts of the industry.

Annualising Site Safe Membership

During June all members will be receiving their annual Site Safe membership renewal invoice through to 31 May 2011. By annualising all membership to the same date Site Safe can more efficiently manage the renewal process .

Impending changes to the Health and Safety in Employment Act - Watch this space

In December 2009, Minister of Labour Kate Wilkinson announced she was going to adopt changes suggested by the Department of Labour, and the National government will make further changes still.

New Unpacking Containers guidance notes available

Published in June, these notes follow the 'confined space' accident in May where two men suffocated to death in a ship's timber hold at Marsden Point wharf near Whangarei.

"She'll be right" attitude under fire - height accident survivor Rhett Brown driving safety on the construction site campaign

Health and Safety in contracting situations

It's important to remember that putting work out to contract does not absolve a company or individual from their health and safety obligations and is not necessarily the "easy option". The Department of Labour has launched new guidelines to help principals to contracts to meet the requirements of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992.   To find out more visit www.dol.govt.nz

ACC Safety Week - 30 August - 5 September 2010

For 2010's Safety NZ Week, ACC encouraged all New Zealanders to help keep themselves and their families safe by making simple changes in their homes and workplaces.

 

2010 Certificate in Construction Site Safety Graduation

Site Safe's annual graduation event is a great night to catch up with colleagues, acknowledge the industry's graduates, and enjoy a few drinks, a good dinner and a lot of laughs with some fine New Zealand entertainment.

To find out more about the event, purchase tickets, or to consider sponsorship opportunities

Q&A: Interview with Central Health & Safety Manager AJ Staples of Hawkins Construction

Wellington Trades Apprentice Safety Challenge

The Trades Apprentice Safety Challenge being held on November 26 is a great way to raise safety awareness for younger workers in the construction industry.

The competition involves teams of 4 trades apprentices taking part in practical exercises and activities for which they are awarded points for safety knowledge and skills.

Construction Safety Council Update

Earlier this year, several meetings took place between the main industry organisations on how to achieve a more co-ordinated approach to safety across the whole industry. Besides Site Safe, the organisations involved are Certified Builders Association, Registered Master Builders Federation, NZ Contractors Federation, Roading NZ and the Specialist Trade Contractors Federation.

Strong support for Site Safe's highest individual qualification

The consistent support from industry is the real success story of the Certificate in Construction Safety. Though we are working in a tough economic climate, 55 companies had graduates in the class of 2010.

Charter Health & Safety Managers Workshop

In late August, Site Safe convened a workshop in Auckland for the Charter Accredited companies Health & Safety Managers - of which a majority attended. The purpose was to share ideas and experiences on a number of safety matters that impact across the construction industry. The views of the meeting will also be used to guide future development of Site Safe products and services.

Site Safe Annual General Meeting

On Friday 24 September at the Auckland Training Centre, Penrose the Board and Site Safe members met for the Annual General Meeting.

Prosecution Corner October 2010

Falls from height continue to be the major cause of injuries and death within our industry.  There are however many within the industry who still refuse to acknowledge the serious risks associated with working at height.  For those who need to hear about ‘the stick' before they decide to change what they are doing, in this Prosecution Corner is a snapshot of two prosecutions and fines associated with falls from height - both of which resulted in death.  We would like to thank Safeguard, as prosecution information has been reproduced from Safeguard CourtBase, www.safeguard.co.nz.

Picking up after the earthquake safely with the right PPE for the job

Personal Protective Equipment (safety eyewear, gloves, respirators, fall protection) is a must in the workplace, especially in situations after an earthquake. People can be exposed to: contaminants and harmful substances in the air, Hazards to hands and arms when handling unknown or dangerous objects, extreme noise levels, or facing loose flying objects in the process.

CEO Update November 2010

To support members in the Christchurch region as a result of the earthquake, Site Safe has been offering free consultancy services and ‘Danger' signs to those affected. The Site Safe team have been personally delivering the ‘Danger' signs.

Angle Grinder Safety short-course

A short course in Angle Grinder safety has been developed in response to the safety concerns of the construction industry (specifically voiced at the Northern Safety Liaison Group).

Based on interaction and discussions with workers who are regular users of angle grinder equipment there appears to be a definite lack of awareness of the potential consequences of incorrect wheel mounting, matching wheel RPM's to machines and general safe practice.

Canterbury Earthquake - Q&A: Interview with Christchurch Regional Manager Richard Giddings

1.      What are the main messages that the Site Safe team is reinforcing on key hazards as a result of the Canterbury earthquake?

The key big issues are:

  • Keeping public safe
  • People working at height as they have no plan to stop themselves from falling
  • The amount of dust and other poisons in the atmosphere from the amount of demolition - this can be partly controlled by dampening down the affected area with a hose
  • Confined space work in demolition sites
  • Do people have an emergency plan?

E Alert - Naylor Love Construction - Eye Injuries

October E-Alert - Interview with Hawkins Health and Safety Manager on new drugs and alcohol policy

Q&A: Interview with Central Health & Safety Manager AJ Staples of Hawkins Construction - The leadership measures taken in drugs and alcohol prevention and control at Hawkins Construction

Trades Apprentice Safety Challenge ready to go national!

Recently in Wellington, a Trades Apprentice Safety Challenge event was run by the Wellington Safety Liaison Group with funding and support from ACC and Industry Stakeholders. As the Wellington created an event ‘how to' guide for other groups to follow, through 2011 other Regional Safety Groups will be able develop similar events. By 2012/13, there should be enough regional teams participating to create a national competition.

Free Partnership Height Safety Tour 2011

March 14 – 25

Tauranga, Taupo, Hamilton, Dunedin, Blenheim, Paraparaumu, Masterton, New Plymouth

Health and Safety post Canterbury Earthquake

It is quite normal to feel overwhelmed and unable to cope with even seemingly simple tasks when something like this happens, please read on to download some ideas on coping strategies.  Whether inside or outside you should stop, drop to the ground and cover your head with your hands.

Auckland Council using Site Safe's Audit System

For the third year running Auckland City Council has chosen to use Site Safe auditing for monitoring main contractor health and safety documentation and site safety practices. With up to 200 items per audit and over 500 audits to date, the Council has built up a significant knowledge base on the quality of work being carried out by contractors working within the Council’s area of responsibility.

Student Rate

To help schools encourage students to recognise the benefits of safe behaviour at work, Site Safe has introduced a new student rate.

Leaders Drive Culture – Culture Drives Performance

While enhancements in safety systems (safety planning, training and auditing) can affect safety on site; behavioral science tells us that a good safety system will only trigger safe performance but it won’t drive it or guarantee success.  It is the organisation’s safety culture that dictates what people do - how they act.

Prosecution Corner - News from the Courts

For those who need to hear about ‘the stick’ before they decide to change what they are doing, in this Prosecution Corner is a snapshot of two prosecutions and fines associated with falls from height - both of which resulted in death.  We would like to thank Safeguard, as prosecution information has been reproduced from Safeguard CourtBase, www.safeguard.co.nz.

Partnership Height Safety Tour 2011

From the 14-25 March, Site Safe Safety Advisors, ACC Injury Prevention Consultants, Department of Labour Regional Managers and local industry groups worked together to put on the Partnership Height Safety tour 2011. 
 
This tour was built on a similar one in May. The sessions involved the presentation of an ex-builder, Rhett Brown, now a tetraplegic as a result of a fall on a residential building site talking about the benefits of safety on site. Rhett had a profound impact on the construction workers and employers in attendance.
 
For the 2011 tour, Rhett Brown and the three organisations joined forces again, this time with a focus on the regional centres.
 
The 2011 Height Safety tour went and visited the following regions: 

  • Tauranga 
  • Taupo
  • Hamilton
  • Dunedin
  • Blenheim
  • Paraparaumu
  • Masterton
  • New Plymouth

Operate Safe

Operate Safe closed operations on 31 January, 2011. No further Operate Safe Stage 1, 2 or 3 certificates, or Operate Safe cards will now be issued.

Roading New Zealand’s decision to close operations coincided with the commencement of the New Zealand Construction Safety Council. The purpose of the Council is to be a forum for common safety issues, facilitate improved safety culture across the construction sector, determine safety standards and service providers, set injury reduction targets and work with Government agencies. The Construction Safety Council expects to have a new training framework agreed across the whole construction industry by the end of 2011.

Construction Safety Council

The Construction Safety Council was to have been formally launched by the Minister of Labour (Hon Kate Wilkinson) on 1 March at a Kaiapoi construction site, just north of Christchurch City. The 22 September earthquake with subsequent tragic loss of lives and widespread damage in Christchurch meant that the launch was postponed.

A key part of the event was to have been the launch of the Department's Construction Sector Action Plan 2010-13. A priority in the Sector Action Plan will be safe working at heights. A key action is about to start with the 'Partnership Height Safety Tour' which is a joint initiative between, Site Safe, ACC and the Department of Labour.

ACC - 2011/12 Levies and Experince Rating

Each year ACC is required to review and propose levy rates. In late 2010 Site Safe made a submission on three issues to which ACC have responded.

 

In December 2010, the Minister for ACC Hon Nick Smith announced a number of changes for ACC in 2011 and beyond. In summary these include:

Changes to the Employment Relations and Holidays Act come into effect on 1 April this year

Holidays Act

Employment Relations Act

Leaders Drive Culture - Culture Drives Performance

While enhancements in safety systems (safety planning, training and auditing) can affect safety on site; behavioral science tells us that a good safety system will only trigger safe performance but it won’t drive it or guarantee success.  It is the organisation’s safety culture that dictates what people do - how they act.

Construction Safety Charter Accredited Companies & Subcontractors

Site Safe NZ has been asked by Safety Charter Accreditation companies (Charter main contractors) to provide networking sessions between Charter main contractors and their key subcontractors.

The aim of the sessions is to improve the understanding between subcontractors and main contractors on the Charter Accreditation safety systems and auditing. The meetings also offer an opportunity to gain free advice on preparing site specific safety plans that meet main contractor expectations.

The latest network session was held in Dunedin on 8 March 2011. Over twenty Otago businesses were represented involving subcontractors and three of the main contractors.  

Members who have an interest in attending one of theses events in your area please let us know. Contact Geoff Wilson at Site Safe, Wellington.   gwilson@sitesafe.org.nz  DDI (04) 494 8336

Membership Prices Set To Increase

On 1 June 2011, all Site Safe membership companies will move up a year as part of the Site Safe Loyalty Discount Programme. 

Membership subscription price increases will increase 1 June 2011 as a result of alignment to the Consumer Price Index for the 2011 year. Please find below our new membership subscription price list. This small price increase means that we can continue to maintain the high standard of our products and services for the coming year while remaining cost competitive.

Should you have any questions regarding our services, please email us or contact our Client Services Team on 04 499 2509.

National Excavator Competition

To illustrate support for health and safety in civil industry, Site Safe was a bronze sponsor of the 2010-11 Contractor Federation National Excavator Competition. Site Safe ran the safety quiz part of the competition, as well as assisting with the safety concerns on the site of the competition and generally being available to discuss safety issues with the public.

Department of Labour Media Release - Employee Catapults 2.5 Metres In Bobcat Accident

A Tauranga-based construction company was fined $40,000 following an accident at a construction site in Penrose in June last year when an employee was injured when he was flung into the air.

The company which had been contracted to build a masonry block retaining wall, was also ordered to pay reparations of $15,000 at the Auckland District Court yesterday.

INNOVATION - Safety in Construction

The Taranaki Construction Safety Group has recently been spotted on the national and international stage for winning awards for innovation.

The group's significant success has been from the Trade Apprentice Safety Challenge which won the New Zealand 3M Innovation in Health and Safety 2010 awards and was also presented at the 10th World Conference on Injury Prevention in London in 2010.

Safety Alert - REQUEST FOR IMMEDIATE SELF-INSPECTION for all ABSORBICA Energy Absorbers

Concerns all ABSORBICA energy absorbers manufactured before May 17th 2011 up to serial number 11137****.
The relevant product references are: L57, L58, L58 MGO, L59, L59 MGO, L59 69, L70120 YG, L70150 IM, L70150 YM, L70150 I, L70150 Y, L70150 YM.

Minister of Labour Media Release - Plan Launched to Tackle Rate of Construction Accidents

Minister of Labour Kate Wilkinson has today launched a new plan aimed at bringing down the high injury and fatality rates in the construction industry over the next three years.

Company Fined After Contractor Falls Five Metres

An Auckland-based company has been fined $55,000 after one of its contractors was seriously injured when he fell five metres from a ladder.

Annual General Meeting - date changed

The Site Safe Annual General Meeting will now take place on Monday 26 September in Wellington.

E: Alert July 2011 Mainzeal - Planning a Safe System in a Challenging Environment

Constructing a 16000m2 roof, 15m off the ground using a roofing system new to New Zealand in winds up to 160 km/h would have most risk managers sweating hard. However, a meticulous safety plan ensured Mainzeal had Wellington's new Indoor Community Sports Centre covered without a hitch.

Safety Week 2011 August 15th - 21st

A fall can ruin your family holiday, prevent you from going to work or stop you from enjoying the Rugby World Cup.

To help prevent unnecessary falls in the home, ACC is running Safety Week 2011. You can register your company's interest on-line to receive hints and ideas about what you can do during safety week, and also order some of the new resources to help promote the safety week message.

Safety 2012 World Conference

Come and join the world’s leading injury prevention and safety researchers, practitioners and advocates in Wellington in October 2012.

Department of Labour Media Release - Company Fined After Contractor Injures Hand On Unguarded Machine

A Lower Hutt-based joinery company has been fined $25,000 after a contractor suffered injuries to his left hand while operating an unguarded planer.

Seminar on Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace

On 16 th June 2011, Site Safe hosted an ACC sponsored 2 hour seminar on Drugs and Alcohol in the workplace. Colin Bramfitt a Drugs and Alcohol consultant, delivered a presentation to increase understanding of the problem as it affects the workplace and how to deal with it.

Welding Safety - Because It's What You Don't Know That Hurts You

Electric welding and related activities have been a part of our working environment since the late 1800’s and the dangers are well recognised globally.  But ask yourself this, the last time you saw someone welding on site, what protective measures had they taken?

Health & Safety Guideline for Construction Clients

Successful health and safety practices will prevent or reduce incidents, accidents and injury on construction and building sites, and this will lead to improved productivity. With this in mind, the Construction Clients Group (CCG) is launching a new Best Practice Guide on health and safety to provide construction clients with the tools they need to strengthen and grow a safety culture and practices across the construction supply chain.

Student Research on Workplace Injuries with a focus on the Construction Sector

Earlier in 2011, the Auckland Site Safe office was visited by students from Auckland University investigating workplace injuries. For their efforts they were awarded best presentation and most feasible strategy.

New Member Deal! - Contractor & Subbie's Site Safety Kit - For Small Businesses

To give more health and safety value to existing members, Site Safe’s new ‘Contractor & Subbie’s Site Safety Kit’ for small businesses (1-20 staff) are now available from the low price of $50 + GST

Preventing Injuries

A recent development between Site Safe and the health and safety managers from the Construction Safety Charter Accredited companies is a focus on tackling common injury causes across construction.

A New 5 Year Plan for Site Safe

The Site Safe Board of Directors recently undertook a strategic planning workshop to review progress over the past years and to map a way forward to ensure Site Safe is in the best position to assist members with their health and safety needs, currently and in the future.

Photos 2011 Site Safe Certificate in Construction Site Safety Graduates

This year, 119 graduates gained their qualification from 53 businesses (25% of these small sized.) With the evening's theme, 'Be safe! Don't gamble with your life!', the event continued to be top-notch and a great way to celebrate and show support for excellence in workplace health and safety. Held 10 November 2011 at the Ellerslie Event Centre, Auckland.

Media Release - Builders Get Smart at the Building Hub

Website is a one-stop shop for personalised information source.

LBPs have been struggling to find good quality and relevant information sources for their skills maintenance points required to maintain their license.

Media Release: Company Fined for Failing to Keep Employee & Community Safe

A Wellington demolition company has today been fined $20,000 after a contractor was exposed to asbestos fibres and live electricity while working on an inner city site.

Media Release: Action Plan Released to Reduce Illness and Injury at Work

With an estimated 700 to 1,000 New Zealand workers dying each year, a new action plan has been launched to improve occupational health in this country.

CEO Report - January 2012

I am feeling positive for the construction industry as I look towards 2012. Approximately $23 billion worth of work coming up for Canterbury, Leaky Homes and upgrades to housing stock built between 1940 and 1970. The economic forces of the New Zealand market could be strong enough to lift the construction industry into the next building surge. Site Safe membership has reached a mile stone we have since the last Safety Insite, welcomed our 3000 th member company with many new members coming from the Canterbury region.

Rebuilding Canterbury Update - December 2011

The main contractors involved with the Canterbury earthquake rebuild, together with the Government agencies have been working together over the past six months to develop a number of joint safety initiatives. These will cover all spheres of the rebuild activity and will provide cost effective health and safety solutions and systems, appropriate for the Canterbury rebuild.

Attention! All Licensed Building Practitioners or builders and sub-trades looking to get qualified

The Building Hub had its official launch on 23 November. Independent from the Department of Building and Housing, the Building Hub has been created to support builders already in or transitioning to the Licensed Builders Practitioners programme.

Preparing Your Workplace For An Emergency

How do you stay in business in the event of an emergency? How do you access data about your staff, customers and suppliers in order to keep operating and maintain business continuity?

Media Release - Construction Falls from Height are Preventable

The Department of Labour has launched a three-year harm reduction campaign to raise awareness about working safely at height and reduce the human and financial toll caused by falls from height.

Congratulations Brosnan Construction! Newest Construction Safety Charter Accredited Company

On Tuesday 13 December, Phil Brosnan from Brosnan Construction Ltd was presented with his Charter Tier 2 trophy by Site Safe CEO Garry Menhennet.

Mainzeal Golf Day

On Friday 11th November at the public golf course in Fielding a fun event for the key contractors who work with Mainzeal Construction was held, which was organised primarily by senior managers Craig Irwin and Callum Harvey.

Important Notice: Site Safe Wellington Relocation

The Site Safe Wellington Office has been relocated to new premises. Our new office location and delivery address is: 23-25 Jarden Mile, Ngauranga 6035, Wellington.

DOL Media Release: Work Resumes At Hotel Grand Chancellor Site

The prohibition notice stopping demolition work at the Hotel Grand Chancellor following an accident at the site last month has now been lifted.

Safeguard National Health & Safety Conference & Awards

30 & 31 May 2012

Site Safe is a sponsor of this event and calls for businesses passionate about workplace health and safety to enter.

DOL Media Release: Feedback Sought on Draft Hazardous Substances Policy

The Department of Labour is seeking feedback on a draft policy statement which outlines how it enforces the safe management of hazardous substances in the workplace.

Site Safe would like to thank customers for their patience as we relocate

To prevent further inconvenience to customers, steps have been taken to ensure back-up phone systems are currently in action. Any further updates to phone system changes will be communicated through our website.

The Site Safe Christchurch Office has been relocated to new premises

Important Notice: Site Safe Christchurch Relocation

Our new office location and delivery address is: 90 Carmen Road, Hornby, Christchurch 8042.

Our postal address has also changed and is now: PO Box 160071, Hornby.

We thank you for your patience and any inconvenience caused as we relocate.

DOL Media Release: New Guidance To Prevent Falls On Building Sites

Minister of Labour Kate Wilkinson today launched new guidance to reduce the workplace death and injury toll from falls in the construction sector.

Canterbury Rebuild Safety Forum

The Canterbury Rebuild Forum has the goal of ensuring the continuing safety of all involved in the construction rebuiild process.

Media Release: 'AppCon' - new Canterbury Contractor Approval and Appraisal Management Database goes live

A contractor approval and appraisal management database aimed at lifting health and safety performance and allowing the procurement process to go smoothly went live Thursday 26 April for Canterbury.

DOL Media Release: Risky demolition practices result in fine

Owners of Wellington’s Settlement Building were fined $24,000 today after the employees of the demolition contractor they engaged were exposed to asbestos fibres and live electricity while working on the inner city site in January last year.

ACC Workplace Safety Discount

As of 26 April 2012, ACC will accept the following Site Safe courses as an equivalent training standard (level) for acceptance into the Workplace Safety Discount (WSD) programme.

Arrow International gains Tier 3 - illustrating their leadership in construction

The recent launch of the Tier Three challenge has been eagerly met by Arrow International (NZ) Inc, a major construction company in New Zealand.

Media Release - McLeod Cranes Ltd wins Site Safe Best Health and Safety Initiative by a Small Business at the Safeguard Health and Safety Awards

Site Safe is very proud to sponsor such a category, and to have the winner who is a long time member from Bay of Plenty makes this particular initiative and award even more special.

Media Release: Health and safety review taskforce appointed

Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson has announced the membership of an independent taskforce that will undertake the first wide-ranging strategic review of the workplace health and safety system in 20 years.

E:Alert - JUNE 2012 - Arrow International and their leadership role in the Canterbury Rebuild

Arrow International (NZ) Inc has been instrumental to health and safety improvements as project managers in the Canterbury earthquake rebuild. They see their role as fulfilling an educational need to both subcontractors and earthquake-struck homeowners in managing hazards.

Company gets big wake-up call after failing to report serious workplace accidents

Failing to report a series of workplace accidents has cost Auckland-based company Mondiale Freight Services Limited fines totalling $62,475.

Worker seriously injured after falling from unsafe scaffolding

Rotorua company A-Z Rigging and Scaffolding Limited was today fined $30,000 and ordered to pay reparations of $15,500 after a worker was seriously injured when he fell from a scaffolding plank that snapped.

COMPANY FINED $64K FOR FAILING TO PROTECT EMPLOYEE FROM INJURY

Affco New Zealand Limited (Affco) has been fined $56,250 after one of its employees fell nearly seven metres in Affco’s Horotiu premises. Affco was also ordered to pay reparation of $8,000 as a result of the accident on 26 March 2011.

Preventable fall from height leaves worker seriously injured

Boat building company Alloy Yachts International Limited was today fined $39,000 and ordered to pay reparation of $14,000 after one of its workers fell nearly four metres, and was seriously injured.

Company and director fined for failing to report accident that left worker paralysed

Auckland carpentry company Five Star Homes NZ Limited and its sole director have each been fined for failing to notify the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) of a serious workplace accident that left a worker paralysed.

HAZARD REGISTER NOTICE: Rings & Multirings on lifting chain sets product defect.

Check brand of Rings & Multirings on lifting chain sets purchased from June 2010.There is a high risk of injury to personal or equipment from falling product or components. 



Latest E-Alert - February 2011

"There's gotta be a better way" is a catch cry we frequently hear from Pikiahu ('Piki') Emery, one of our most experienced supervisors. He is a man who walks the talk. 

As a key team member, health and safety committee member, and trained health and safety representative, Piki is continually instigating, trialling and refining safer equipment solutions to improve our work practices. One such solution is the 'Doorector'.

Media Release - Apprentices battle it out for safety trophy

Teams of apprentices will be pitched against each other in competition at the Trades Apprentice Safety Challenge on Friday November 26.

The challenge, at Petone's Weltec campus, sees young apprentices from mixed trades and from top companies battle it out for pole position in safety-related challenges such as constructing scaffolding, working at heights, manual handling,  dealing with dangerous chemicals, first aid, incident investigation, hazard identification, Noise and Health.

2011 Certificate in Construction Site Safety Graduation

Site Safe's sixth annual graduation event, in association with Unitecrecognised the achievement of industry individuals who in 2011have completed the Certificate in Construction Site Safety. The event is a great night out for the construction industry to celebrate its successes in health and safety along with providingfine New Zealand entertainment and cuisine.

Site Safe Certificate Scholarship

Site Safe delivered aScholarship programme which targeted Maori and Pacifica trainees to complete the Certificate in Construction Site Safety.

Press Release: NZ Government - Health & Safety Funding For Safe Canterbury Rebuild

Minister of Labour Kate Wilkinson today announced funding of $300,000 for a range of health and safety initiatives to assist with the safe rebuild of Canterbury.

Media Release: Hawkins Group, first company to gain 'Tier 3 Status - Excellence in Health and Safety Leadership' - Construction Safety Charter Accreditation

Site Safe officially awarded Tier 3 status to Hawkins Construction and Hawkins Infrastructure on November 10 th 2011 as part of the Construction Safety Charter Accreditation programme.

Currently recruiting: Safety, Health and Environmental Advisor - Whangarei, Northland

Site Safe is currently recruiting for an additional Safety Advisor/Trainer to provide health, safety and environmental advice supporting the Northland construction industry. You will work with Head of Agreement, Member and Subcontractor trades and deliver Site Safe’s suite of construction specific, health and safety courses and other services and support to the industry.

Arrow International gains Tier 3 - illustrating their leadership in construction

Arrow International (NZ) Inc, a major construction company in New Zealand accepted their Charter Accreditaion Tier 3 award on Monday 23 April 2012. "Tier 3 shows a commitment from management through to the guys on site. It proves there is a real commitment from the whole company" said Arrow International Health and Safety Manager Clynton Lereculey.

Construction Health and Safety Award Finalists

View the 2012 Construction Health and Safety Award Winners and Finalists.

CEO Update - Fresh Look, Fresh Ideas

It is my pleasure to present to Site Safe members the new and revamped website which went live in August. Most changes have addressed matters raised through our ongoing monitoring, surveys and focus groups.

Dealing with manual handling issues during the planning phase

Despite the advances in mechanization, physical effort is still a huge part in any job. In fact every situation involves the manual handling of items to some degree or another. Sprains and strains account for approximately 25% of injuries in the residential sector and 23% of injuries in the commercial sector.

Site Safe Evening of Celebration

A fantastic evening was had by all at Site Safes 2012 Evening of Celebration. Attended by over 250 people, the evening acknowledged individuals graduating from the Site Safe Certificate in Construction Site Safety, as well as awarding the winners of Site Safes inaugural Construction Health and Safety Awards.

Canterbury Safety Rebuild Update and 'AppCon'

An important message to all contractors, subcontractors and trades working in the Canterbury Rebuild.

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment & ACC News

The Ministry has released their annual State of Workplace Health and Safety 2012 report. The report brings together a number of indicators to provide the overall picture of health and safety performance in New Zealand. Overall, trends are static, and work-related disease continues to have a high estimated annual toll.

Heart Health Check

The Health Promotion Agency (HPA) has launched a national awareness campaign to encourage people to get their heart checked.

Exposures and Health Survey in the Construction Industry - Massey University Study

As part of a larger study in the collision repair industry, the Centre for Public Health Research at Massey University Wellington are undertaking a survey of workplace exposures and brain, lung and skin symptoms in the New Zealand construction industry.

Preventing Falls from Heights

The Ministry on Business, Innovation & Employment is concentrating on the construction sector, particularly residential building sites, to prevent falls from height through the Preventing Falls from Height campaign.

Asbestos and other Occupational Lung Diseases Annual Report 2011

The National Asbestos Medical Panel has analysed data from 1246 cases of asbestos-related lung disease, including 48 from 2010-2011.

SCIRT's non-negotiable philosophy on personal protective equipment (PPE) standards

SCIRT introduced minimum PPE requirements for all workers in late 2011. The minimum PPE requirements include: safety eyewear, gloves, hard hat, long pants, hi-vis and long-sleeve top and safety boots.

Board Announcement - November 2012

Garry Menhennet, Site Safes Chief Executive will be leaving Site Safe early in the New Year, having taken over the helm in July 2009.

CONSTRUCTION WELFARE FACILITIES - Preventing health risks and poor productivity

Poorly cleaned and poorly maintained spaces and facilities are posing health risks to New Zealand construction workers.

Becoming Smokefree

Quitting smoking is possible and many Kiwis successfully quit by themselves each year.

Practical Ways to Handle Dust on a Construction Site

Dust is a common by product on construction sites. It is well recognised that dust inhalation can cause lung disease and other complications of the respiratory system...

A new approach to Passport renewals

Site Safe is currently working with an Industry Steering Group to explore various options around how to provide greater opportunities for people renewing their Site Safe Passport.

AppCon - Phase two: National roll out

On the 26 April 2012 AppCon Database was officially launched: a pre-qualification process for all contractors working on the Christchurch rebuild.

Prescription Safety Eyewear

Eye protection for those with visual impairment can sometimes fall under the radar when it comes to safety...

Inaugural Life Time Site Safe Membership Awards

On the 6th of December 2012, Site Safe held their inaugural Life Time Membership Awards at Cornwall Park in Auckland.

Site Safe's new Chief Executive Alison Molloy

Site Safes new Chief Executive Alison Molloy has had her feet under the desk for just under a fortnight. Rather than lead in with her update for Site Safe members, we thought we would allow Alison to share her thoughts on her transition into the Site Safe Chief Executive role, and the health & safety in construction industry.

Are Workers Being Bullied to Death?

There is a culture that tells workers to harden up and many say unsafe acts are expected - this culture is driving bullying behaviour. Most employers would not openly support bullying and will likely have policies against such behaviour. Are employers not recognising bullying or are they choosing to ignore it?

Preparing for Winter

Winter is fast approaching and working outside in harsh conditions can take its toll. How can you prepare your staff against the adverse effects of winter?

FAQs

The New Zealands legal standards and best practice can often be daunting to understand and interpret: what is a practicable step? Site Safe Safety Advisors are here to help

Plumbers, Gasfitter & Drainlayers Board Points (PGDB) Increase

As of 1 April 2013, the Plumbers, Gasfitters & Drainlayers points increased on some Site Safe courses

Site Safe NZ Inc Welcomes the Recommendations made in the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety Report

Site Safe NZ Inc the construction industrys advocate for health and safety firmly supports the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety Report Recommendations that were released yesterday.

MBIE's new 'Starting-out Wage'

The new starting-out wage will be an option for employers and employees from 1 May this year. The starting-out wage will give employers a real incentive to give young people a foothold on the employment ladder.

ACC WSD Expansion

ACC has expanded its Workplace Safety Discount programme (WSD), which offers levy discounts to businesses with demonstrated workplace health and safety experience and practices.

Worker's fall costs company $62,750

In February MBIE released that the worker who fell five-and-a-half metres, which resulted in a broken pelvis and facial injuries, has led to the Wellington company Ebert Construction Limited being fined $33,750 and being ordered to pay $29,000 in reparations to the worker.

Department of Labour* v Juro Corporation Ltd

Juro Corporation, trading as Great Southern Milton, was fined $52,550 for breach of s18(1)(a) of the HSE Act - that every principal shall take all practicable steps to ensure the safety or everyone on site. Juro Corporation were ordered to pay reparation of $40,000 after a contractors employees leg had to be amputated below the knee when his boot laces became caught between rollers on a post-peeler machine, drawing his leg into the blades (Dunedin DC, 12 March 2013).

Beehive News

New Health & Safety Crown Agency to be established

New frontline Health and Safety Services announced

Government responds to Earthquakes Royal Commission 15 April 2013

Safer outcomes for gas and electrical work

LAUNCH! First Aid Construction Safety - Site Safe’s Newest Higher-Level Course

Site Safe is excited to announce that the new course will begin running from 4th June 2013.

Training in the Correct Construction of Mobile Scaffolding under 5 metres high

Employers have a responsibility to train their employees and confirm they are competent in the use of all their plant. Do you have sufficient supervision and controls in place to ensure they also know how to correctly assemble and use mobile scaffolds?

CE Member Newsletter Update - Winter 2013

I was recently asked to speak at the Safety Charter official launch in Cathedral Square in Christchurch. I expressed to the group of construction, insurance, central and local government leaders that the thought leadership and active engagement of the group is critical to the safety of workers.

More Foreign Tradespeople in the New Zealand Construction Industry

Skilled tradespeople and construction professionals are particularly in demand in the New Zealand construction industry to assist with the rebuilding of Christchurch (this number of workers expected to double in the next year), and the growth in the Auckland housing market.

Mental wellbeing in the workplace

The workplace can be a strong contributor to mental wellbeing. Work can give people the opportunity to feel productive and achieve their potential. Yet it can also be a stressful environment that contributes to the rise of mental health problems and illnesses such as depression and anxiety. Work related stress is a leading cause of poor mental health, with one in five New Zealanders affected by mental illness every year and one in three reporting days where they feel unable to work or carry out their usual activities because of problems with their mental health.

The fork in the road - how to improve worker wellbeing and company safety performance as an industry

A special initiative in the Passport training courses recently made Site Safe a finalist in the 2013 Safeguard NZ Workplace Health and Safety Awards.

New health and safety system takes shape

In December this year, the new, stand-alone Crown agency WorkSafe New Zealand will assume oversight of the workplace health and safety system. It is a significant step towards better health and safety outcomes for this country.

Workforce literacy a vital health and safety tool for the construction sector

Keeping construction sector employees safe on the job requires everyone to increase their health and safety knowledge and skills. Achieving this will require new ways of thinking about capability and capacity, according to Katherine Percy, Chief Executive of adult literacy, numeracy and communication support provider, Workbase.

The New Zealand's legal standards and best practice can often be daunting to understand and interpret: what is a practicable step? Site Safe Safety Advisors are here to help

The Site Safe website has an Ask an Advisor tool where people can submit their health and safety questions to our Safety Advisor team and within a 24 hour turn around period, will be answered. A couple of questions that we have received recently are:

New ACC Research Project to Develop Real World Video Exposure Monitoring Technology for Industry

ACC Research is working with Opus Research in partnership with Mark Wagstaffe at Chorus and Mike Ward at Greater Wellington Regional Council to develop and trial new video exposure monitoring technology for use by industry.

Certificate in Construction Site Safety: Graduate at the Evening of Celebration!

How many Site Safe credits do you currently hold?

You need 40 credits to graduate in the Certificate in Construction Site Safety!

Site Safe Continued Professional Development Forums (CPD) - spaces available!*

Site Safes CPD Forum: a four-hour forum for holders who need to update their Certificate in Construction Site Safety.

New Hazardous Substances Website

The Government agencies Environment Protection Authority and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment launched a new hazardous substances website www.hazardoussubstances.govt.nz

HPA Heart and Diabetes Check Campaign

On 30 June the Health Promotion Agency (HPA) launched its More hearts and diabetes checks campaign. HPA has FREE promotional resources available for you to encourage your employees to get a heart and diabetes check and also to support heart health in the workplace.

Height Safety Association Ceases Operation

At the Height Safety Association of New Zealand (HSANZ) 2012 AGM the executive committee voted on the dissolution of HSANZ as the representative organisation for working at height activities

NEW: Directors' Guidelines on Health and Safety

The Directors guidelines on health and safety Good Governance Practices Guidelines - has launched. The guidelines were jointly developed by the Institute of Directors and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment with significant input from various employer and employee organisations.

New Resources for MBIE's 'Preventing Falls from Height' Campaign

A year on since MBIE launched its Preventing falls from height campaign, many builders, roofers, and other tradesmen taking positive steps to manage the hazard of working at height.

ACC Launches Injury 'Dashboard' to Encourage Safe Canterbury Rebuild

At the start of July ACC launched a new statistics tool to encourage greater safety among construction workers involved in the Canterbury rebuild.

Recent Events Update - July 2013

Site Safe exhibited at the Master Painters' Trade Show, in Palmerston North on May 26th.

CE Report - Construction - Proud to be Safe!

Site Safe has recently launched a new strategic direction. Have a look at the new one page strategy for Site Safe as we are interested in hearing the views of our membership.

WorkSafe New Zealand - Update

Government has established WorkSafe New Zealand, a stand-alone Crown Agent, as part of its reform of the New Zealand workplace health and safety system.

Managing the hazard of Drugs and Alcohol on the Construction Site

Drugs, alcohol and substance impairment a significant hazard...

Leadership in health and safety - "Stay safe mate"

How does a large, leading New Zealand company, who employ over 1,000 people and multiple subcontractors from across the country, manage and prioritise health and safety with its large workforce?

Health and Safety Lingo

There are health and safety terms that are often confusing or a little hazy to define...

Environment Canterbury "Managing Concrete Wash Water"

Stormwater drains are for rain water only nothing else.

Environment Canterbury - "Managing Concrete Wash Water"

Stormwater drains are for rain water only nothing else. Concrete wash water is toxic and will kill fish and eels if it reaches a waterway.

Site Safe Board Announcement - 2013 Annual General Meeting

The 2013-2014 Board Members are as follows:

2013/14 Scholarship Recipients Announced

Site Safe is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013/2014 Scholarships in the Certificate in Construction Site Safety.

Be SunSmart at work!

The arrival of daylight saving means that ultraviolet (UV) levels are increasing rapidly, so its time for New Zealanders to be SunSmart.

Technology Corner

NIOSH Ladder Safety App The American National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has developed a FREE easy-to-use interactive ladder safety application for smart phones.

Gas and electrical certification amendments 2013

Regulatory amendments to the gas and electrical certification regimes have been in force since 1 July 2013.

Monitoring your employees' hearing

Exposure to excessive noise is a main cause of hearing loss, with many New Zealanders working in noisy environments.

ACC Levy Proposed Rates

2014/15 levy year ACC proposed rates have decreased.

ACC Safety Week

During Safety Week 2013, ACC gave New Zealanders their national injury forecast.

Scaffolding company fined for safety failures

Failing to erect safe scaffolding has cost an Auckland scaffolding company a $20,000 fine and $7000 reparation to the victim

Employee sprayed with acid

Carter Holt Harvey Pulp and Paper Limited (Carter Holt) pleaded guilty to a charge under sections 18(1)(a) and 50(1)(a) of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992: being a principal that failed to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of an employee of a contractor.

CE Update - Advocating Nationally to Influence and Strengthen Construction's Health and Safety Record

To support current growth in the construction sector, and Governments new crown agency WorkSafe NZ - Site Safe New Zealand is finding better ways to enable the construction industry to speak with one voice so as to strengthen the influence around health and safety in construction policy and thinking.

Health and Safety Lingo

There are health and safety terms that are often confusing or a little hazy to define. Site Safes Health and Safety Lingo section is here to help - providing definitions to common health and safety terms.

WorkSafe NZ launched

On the 16 December 2013, WorkSafe New Zealand launched and took over the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment/Labour Group as New Zealand's official workplace health and safety agency.

Health and Safety Competency Framework Study

The Construction Safety Council, made up of representatives from several construction related trade associations, have developed a health and safety competency framework.

National Construction Pipeline Report Released

The National Construction Pipeline report, released by the Productivity Partnership on 10 December 2013, points to an unprecedented level of building and construction in New Zealand over the next five years.

After work drinks for under-age staff

Its common-place for workplaces to host Friday drinks and after-work functions, but do you know where you stand when it comes to giving alcohol to staff under the legal drinking age?

What health monitoring do you carry out for your employees?

Its the employers responsibility to protect staff from workplace hazards and make sure hazard controls are working one way is through monitoring employees health.

Health Monitoring necessary for those working with Asbestos

The hazards of exposure to asbestos fibre have been raised in relation to the rebuild of Christchurch. These become significant when asbestos is damaged or abraded and releases fibres into the air which are then capable of being inhaled.

Is gout impacting the safety of your employees, and your work site?

Is gout an issue at your workplace? Do you have high rates of sick-leave due to gout?

Prosecution Corner: MINISTRY OF BUSINESS, INNOVATION AND EMPLOYMENT v BETTERIDGE ENGINEERING LIMITED

Betteridge Engineering Limited appeared for sentencing at Hutt Valley District Court in September 2013 after pleading guilty for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of their employees.

The NZ Defence Force renews Heads of Agreement with Site Safe

The NZDF updated and signed their Heads of Agreement with Site Safe late last year as one of their initiatives to make health and safety a priority not only within the NZDF, but also with their contractors.

Wellness Forum - 'Create a Healthy Workplace on a Budget'

ACC, Regional Public Health, the Health and Productivity Institute of New Zealand (HAPINZ) and the Health Promotion Agency (HPA) hosted a Create a Healthy Workplace on a Budget forum at Te Papa on 19 November 2013.

Forum on Workplace Carcinogens

The purpose of the Forum was to raise awareness about the neglected area of workplace management and monitoring of workplace carcinogens. Both organisations recognise the improvement needed to manage and monitor workplace carcinogens

Site Safe Website Updates - coming soon

Site Safe is currently developing our website to also accept payments online for membership and products such as danger signs and hazard boards.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE UPDATE - MAY 2014

We know that New Zealands health and safety legislation landscape is going to change soon. The Health and Safety Reform Bill is likely to be passed through parliament this calendar year, and the law come into force April 2015.

Health and Safety Study Tour to Victoria, Australia - unveils lessons to New Zealand construction

With New Zealands impending health and safety changes set to align with Australian model law; there is a need for a strong and practical understanding of Australian construction health and safety practices.

Health and Safety reform bill introduced

The biggest health and safety reform in 20 years is one step closer with the introduction of the Health and Safety Reform Bill into Parliament.

Health and Safety Lingo

The Health and Safety Reform Bill currently in Parliament introduces a new concept: PCBU Person Conducting Business or Undertaking.

Getting health & safety messages out to staff

In the last Safety Insite, we looked at McConnell Dowells award winning creative solutions to high risk hazards on site. In this issue we are looking at McConnell Dowells method of communicating health and safety on site.

Workers fined over scaffolding accident

Two workers have been ordered to pay a total of more than $22,000 in fines and reparations over a scaffolding accident in Dunedin last year which left a roofer with multiple fractures.

Technology and Innovation corner: Prefabrication

Prefabrication means to build offsite and then transport and assemble onsite. This innovative construction process is often undertaken in a factory, yard or any other space that can improve cost, logistics, convenience and most importantly health and safety of workers.

HOW MUCH SUGAR ARE WE DRINKING?

New Zealanders like a cold, refreshing drink but did you know that in one 600 millilitre (ml) bottle of fizzy drink, theres about 16 teaspoons of sugar?

WorkSafe NZ Update - May 2014

Best practice guidelines on workplace bullying were released by WorkSafe New Zealand in February this year. The guidelines are a big step forward in support and guidance for businesses and individuals about what is a prevalent workplace hazard.

NZDF's Commitment to Health & Safety

The New Zealand Defence Force updated and signed their Head of Agreement commitment with Site Safe in late 2013, as one of their initiatives to make health and safety a priority for their staff and contractors.

Member Profile - Hutt Gas & Plumbing Systems Ltd

NEW Site Safe posters for purchase

Site Safe now offers new Organisational Drivers posters for purchase.

New premises for the Site Safe Auckland Centre

The Site Safe Auckland Centre is moving to Beachcroft Avenue in Onehunga - with a proposed move in date set in late July.