Sep 7

Office – Safety Passport

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Version 2.0 of HR Developments successful Office – Safety Passport is in production. It provides quality health and safety inductions for new staff  and refreshers for existing staff, and is tailored to your requirements. Office – Safety Passport – Premium edition delivers 2.5 hours of online training that gives staff a great grounding in how…

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Sep 7

Virtual Hazard Registers

Posted by Dave Griffith

HR Development is excited to be partnering with Beek to combine their virtual reality platform with our health and safety expertise. The first project we are bringing to market is a virtual hazard register that can be used for new staff inductions, ongoing training, contractor management and hazard management. Our 360 degree camera…

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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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Apr 9

Fatal pipeline blast – company fined

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A piping firm has been fined over a fatal pipeline explosion in Onehunga, Auckland. The June 2011 blast killed one worker and left another a double amputee. Canadian Pacific Ltd was today sentenced to pay $55,250 after being found guilty of failing to take all practicable steps to protect employees and failing to…

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Jan 6

Health and Safety at Work Act – beware the circling sharks

Posted by Dave Griffith

The imminent introduction of the Health and Safety Reform Bill in the Parliamentary select committee process will sharpen senior management focus on what this means for the organisations they manage. There has already been a lot of hype generated by politicians and the mainstream media putting the wind up directors and senior managers.…

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Oct 21

Port worker dismissal upheld despite safety concerns

Posted by Dave Griffith

Auckland port worker Danny Belsham was justifiably dismissed after he refused to work due to health and safety concerns, the Employment Court has ruled. Danny Belsham was dismissed from his employment with Ports of Auckland Limited on October 16 2013, after he refused to start work and man a straddle crane. In Mr…

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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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Jun 12

Meatworks fined $23,000 for accident that severed part of thumb

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South Pacific Meats has been fined $23,000 after being found guilty of negligence in a 2010 saw accident in which a man lost part of his thumb. Yesterday was the conclusion of the long-running legal battle between the Awarua meatworks and the New Zealand Meat Workers Union, which brought a private prosecution on…

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Oct 25

Employee killed in ‘preventable’ 15 metre fall

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Delta Utility Services Limited has today been fined $75,000 after one of its employees was killed when he fell 15 metres when a power line pole he was working on near Dunedin in December last year collapsed. The Alexandra District Court heard that the employee – Roger Steel – climbed the ten-metre pole…

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