Defence signs up for safety again


29 Mar 2019

 Brett Murray and Phil Gurnsey

Site Safe and The New Zealand Defence Force have cemented their commitment to improve health and safety in the construction industry.

The updated Memorandum of Understanding, signed on March 25, strengthens the partnership that has been in place since 2006.

Phil Gurnsey, the NZDF’s acting head of estate and infrastructure, at right signing the memorandum with Site Safe's Brett Murray, says the memorandum supports every worker’s desire to “go to work and to go home safely”.

“We’re pledging our support to a safe construction industry and will incorporate this MoU into our everyday business.

“This update enables us to show that we’re part of a world class industry in terms of safety practices.”

Site Safe chief executive Brett Murray said the organisation places a huge value on its relationship with the NZDF.

“There’s a lot of emphasis on health and safety in the construction sector which is why it’s good to renew this memorandum of understanding with the Defence Force.

“It shows both our organisations are committed to supporting and growing the health and safety capability of industry as the build projects role out over the next several years.”

The New Zealand Defence Force has several major infrastructure projects planned over the next few years, with solid health and safety practices a major focus for all projects.

As part of this, NZDF will be using Site Safe as its preferred solutions provider. All contractors, sub-contractors and labour-only contractors working on NZDF construction and facility maintenance sites will be required to have completed Site Safe training and have a valid Site Safety Card (passport).