Sep 2

Port Health and Safety in NZ

Posted by Dave Griffith

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…

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Nov 6

Introduction to ACC Workplace Safety Management Practices Scheme (WSMP)

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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…

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Sep 26

Successful Health and Safety Committees

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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…

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May 30

Company fined for not preventing fall from height

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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…

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Jan 10

DOL urges against complacency on building sites

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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…

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Jul 13

ACC signals reduced levy rates

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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…

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