Port Health and Safety in NZ

Port operations provides one of the most challenging and complex work environments from a health and safety perspective in New Zealand. A lot of people working for different organisations, using large machinery and vehicles, with tight deadlines are working fast and hard in a confined geographical footprint. The addition of water and weather just adds to the degree of risk  faced by those with the task of turning productivity into profit. Despite a huge amount of effort going into [...]

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Introduction to ACC Workplace Safety Management Practices Scheme (WSMP)

Introduction The Workplace Safety Management Practices scheme (WSMP) is a nationally recognised standard in organisational Health and Safety. Through its ten critical elements it gives a good coverage of what an successful organisations need to have in place to exercise best practice health and safety in their workplace. This introductory course gives and overview of the structure and content of the scheme. What is involved in participating in it and what are the potential benefits of achieving the audit standards. Many [...]

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Successful Health and Safety Committees

Introduction Employee participation in workplace health and safety is a required by law. Many organisations have put committees in place and provided initial training on the role of the committee. Often little has been planned in the way of refresher training. New committee members have come on over the years but they to may not have been given formal training about the role of the committee and their part in its operation. This course is designed to focus both old and [...]

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Company fined for not preventing fall from height

Roofing company Metind Limited (formerly Metalcraft Industries Limited) has been fined $43,000 and ordered to pay reparations of $10,000 after an employee was seriously injured after falling more than three metres from a roof. The Auckland District Court heard that on 9 June 2011 three employees of Metind Limited were working on a single storey Keith Hay residential home in Glen Innes, Auckland. “While reaching down to secure a safe hold on the damp ridge of the roof, one of the [...]

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DOL urges against complacency on building sites

As the working year kicks off, the Department of Labour is urging those in the construction sector to remember the importance of safe work practices. “People are going back to work after a few weeks off, but this doesn’t mean anyone can be complacent about safety issues,” says Jean Martin, the Department’s Labour Group Southern Division General Manager. “Hundreds of construction workers are injured on building sites every year - invariably these accidents can be preventable if every care is taken. [...]

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ACC signals reduced levy rates

ACC is proposing reduced levy rates for the 2012/13 financial year thanks to ACC’s improved performance. In 2008/09 ACC disclosed a $4.8 billion deficit for the year and that came on top of a $2.4 billion deficit the year before. This was a trend that couldn’t be allowed to continue. The Board therefore set some challenging targets around improving rehabilitation performance and running the organisation more efficiently. ACC’s performance has improved and for the past two years it has reported surpluses [...]

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