Top 9 Ways to Avoid Earthmoving Equipment Accidents

This content was supplied by Principle People, a UK recruitment company. Accidents involving heavy earthmoving equipment are growing in frequency. Aside from the structural damage, there have also been instances of people being injured or killed. These accidents are often caused by equipment failure, human error or both. So, consider implementing steps that can reduce…

On The Job: Safety Tips For Excavator Operation

A guest blog by Doug Miller Excavators are relied upon by a variety of industries. Whenever and wherever ground needs to be broken and earth needs to be moved, these powerful machines will be. Since they can’t operate themselves, trained professionals are a fundamental part of excavator work. However, with great machinery comes great risk;…

Managing construction waste in 2019

The current climate in construction is shifting, to change.  A guest blog by Regan Burke New Zealand’s infrastructure is experiencing a predicted long and busy boom. Auckland has more cranes up on the skyline than any other city in the south east Asia area.  But at what cost? Perception of convenience and disregard for long term…

A Microcredentials Pilot Scheme

Guest Post by Hugh Wilson from Unitec Auckland A microcredential is a recognition that a person has demonstrated a certain competency.  For example, a civil engineering microcredential could recognise the holder’s ability to design a road pavement or knowledge of earthworks construction.  Microcredentials have the potential to allow learners choices; you can learn what you…

Government shows leadership on industry skills development

Peter Silcock, Chief Executive, Civil Contractors New Zealand I attended a Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment workshop yesterday to provide contractor input into the draft strategy on Government Procurement, and the Ministry’s draft Construction Skills Action Plan. It was great to see procurement at the centre of this new Government plan – and it…

Safety Gear colouring- an open letter

Hey guys, an open letter to all of you that do contracting work on our state highways. I know that it is an NZTA requirement that all STOP/GO operators are to be fully in ORANGE PPE while on site operating the traffic control, but why not pressure NZTA to change this colour to Hi-Viz Green/Yellow.…

Guest blog by Regan Burke

Civil Contracting is a legacy industry.  I have been involved in our family business for 20 years, this is but a mere blink compared to the savvy veterans, who are still at it and who live and breathe the ins and outs of construction.  Most businesses, family or not, have strong values and these, along…