Timeline of Events

The table below outlines the key milestones met and progress made by the Canterbury Rebuild Safety Forum to assist in the safety of those working in the Canterbury Rebuild.

Canterbury Rebuild Safety Forum Initiatives
  4 September 7.1 maginitude earthquake strikes Canterbury
  October Southern Canterbury Safety Liaison Group continues to meet and share ideas
  December Southern Construction Safety Liaison Group requests a specific forum for safety in construction through the Canterbury Earthquake Rebuild to come together
  January Project Management Officers (PMOs) meet and discuss the road to safety
  22 February 6.3 magnitude earthquake hits major devastation ensues.

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011 created.CERA (Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority to oversee recovery transition from Civil Defence.

  June Canterbury Rebuild Safety Forum officially forms - to be recognised as setting and managing safety standards in the Canterbury rebuild.
  August Hazard Alert process implemented group shares hazard broadcast messages
  September CRSF writes to Roger Sutton of CERA and Tony Marryatt of Christchurch City Council and stipulates that their companies will stick to the safety protocols as listed below this table.
  December What gets measured, gets done. Group sets KPIs on protocols.
  18 April Hon. Kate Wilkinson Minister of Labour attends Canterbury Rebuild Safety Forum I really applaud your efforts says Wilkinson
  26 April AppCon Database is officially launched go live date - providing a pre-qualification process for all contractors.
  July Groups starts key rules for PMO managed sites
  September Chamber of Commerce indicates they have seen an increase in the quality of safety plans being used or submitted.
  October CRS Forum refines and PMOs Health and Safety Steering group emerges to govern policies, rules and actions. Wider CRS Forum remains an information and exchange group who canvas everything related to health and safety, wellbeing in Canterbury construction.

Areas to look at going forward are:

  • High Hazard areas Height, Electrical, Manual Handling, Health Fatigue Well-being, Vehicles,
  • Behaviour/Culture Training, monitoring (Audits, Evaluations), safety leadership, APPCON
  • Half Day training course that covers the set up for a business, e.g. JSA, Safety Plans.
  • Environment
  June Signatories commit to 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.
  November Canterbury Rebuild Safety Forum publishes Terms of Reference

Construction Rebuild Safety Forum Protocols

In September 2011 the forum wrote to Roger Sutton, the Chief Executive of CERA and Tony Marryatt of the Christchurch City Council announcing that all subcontractor companies working for them would need to meet the following protocols:

  • Pre-qualification of all contractors
  • Use of contractors who been accredited to meet the industry health and safety standard
  • Require Site Specific Safety Plans for all work (these plans are the benchmark safety planning tool used in commercial construction across New Zealand)
  • Require a task analysis for all work that is deemed significantly hazardous
  • Training and competency registers required for all contractors and their staff
  • Monitoring of site safety practices using internal and/or external processes.