Workwear supplement- November’s Contractor

In November’s Contractor magazine we’re running a feature on workwear- from head to toe. What’s the deal with work clothing on a large civil works site, or on a subdivision drainage job? What’s one set of overalls from the next? Well in 2017 employers are responsible for making sure that these overalls and earmuffs fit…

WorkSafe case study

Here is the new WorkSafe video on Wellington Pipelines and the safety culture within this organization. Company owner James Fruean holds a monthly safety meeting with his team where every employee is encouraged to share his or her challenges. This open discussion is keeping health and safety standards at Pipelines at the forefront of staff and…

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,…

Working together on road safety

  by Tommy Parker, Group Manager Highways, NZTA Tragically, Road safety and road crashes always seem to be at fore of the media during the holiday months. Working for the NZ Transport Agency, the agency responsible for championing road safety, it is always distressing to see and hear about these often avoidable events. So we have…

Getting ready for new H&S regime

By Malcolm Abernethy, executive officer, CCNZ The Health and Safety Reform Bill has been passed by Parliament. It will come into effect on 4 April 2016. A series of regulations is being developed to support the new act. These regulations include: general risk and workplace management; major hazard facilities; asbestos; and, engagement by worker participation…

People not worms- the new H&S focus

PETER SILCOCK, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, CIVIL CONTRACTORS NEW ZEALAND THE HEALTH AND SAFETY REFORM BILL that was finally passed by Parliament on 27 August 2015 is very significant for the civil contracting industry. The new law, now named the Health and Safety at Work Act, will come into effect on 4 April 2016. It is unfortunate…