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The benefit of foresight by Lisa Douglas

  Picture this: It is a busy working day. You have recently arranged for some key equipment to be sent off for maintenance to a new service provider. Your PA brings in a trade account application form from the maintenance company to be signed, and on the second page are the fine print terms of…

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Silica Dust In Control

The civil construction industry’s response to the silica dust hazard in the Christchurch rebuild has been such that it’s unlikely that asbestos-type regulations will have to be introduced to control it.  HUGH DE LACY explains. SILICA DUST IS carcinogenic, leading to lung diseases like silicosis, and from there to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer,…

Knights of the Road

Knights Of The Road ? by Richard Campbell

Anyone who drives in the city is aware of the volume of heavy trucks that ply their daily trade along the roads. Those who travel long distance will also be acutely aware of them. There was a time when you could count on a truckie. They were the most courteous drivers on the road, and…

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Hallmarks of procurement excellence

by Caroline Boot, managing director, Clever Buying and Plan A. It’s Plan A’s Monday morning business meeting where our team of bid writers from all over the country (as well as one in Australia and one in Europe) is busy planning and coordinating our latest week input on 31 current tenders. Those RFx documents have…