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Can You Hear What I Hear?

Written by building4u  on Thursday, 17 May 2012 12:16  in Site Safety
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Can You Hear What I Hear?

Can You Hear What I Hear?

Exposure to excessive noise in the workplace is one of the most significant health hazards

The Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 requires employers to take all practicable steps to ensure a safe and healthy place of work, and to identify and appropriately manage significant hazards so that employees and others in the workplace are not harmed.

One of the most significant health hazards in the workplace is exposure to excessive noise. In fact, the number of claims and associated compensation costs for noise-induced hearing loss has doubled in the last five years in New Zealand.

New Guidance To Prevent Falls On Building Sites

Written by building4u  on Thursday, 19 April 2012 10:21  in Site Safety
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New Guidance To Prevent Falls On Building Sites

New Guidance To Prevent Falls On Building Sites

Minister of Labour Kate Wilkinson today launched new guidance to reduce the workplace death and injury toll from falls in the construction sector.

The Best Practice Guidelines for Working at Height in New Zealand were launched this morning at the new Wigram Skies housing subdivision in Christchurch, as part of the Department of Labour's Preventing Falls from Height project.

Minister Wilkinson told the construction industry there's no longer any excuse for failure to work safely at height.

"These guidelines give everyone in the industry clear, simple advice that will help bring down the death and injury toll from avoidable falls in the construction industry," Ms Wilkinson says.

Worker Crushed by 2.5 Tonne Concrete Panel

Written by building4u  on Tuesday, 07 February 2012 15:46  in Site Safety
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Always remember to take safety measures when working with concrete panels

Always remember to take safety measures when working with concrete panels

A Wellington transport company has been fined $30,000 following an accident in March this year where a self-employed contractor was lucky to survive being crushed by a 2.5 tonne concrete panel.

Rough Terrain Transport Limited was also ordered to pay $20,000 in reparation to the contractor who broke his right shoulder and both legs and ankles in the accident on 4 March 2011.

The Porirua District Court heard that Rough Terrain Transport Limited was contracted by Wallace Building Contractors Limited (WBCL) to transport precast concrete panels from a building site in Porirua.

The Department of Labour investigation found that an employee from Rough Terrain Transport Limited was asked to transport two concrete panels using a process he had never performed before. The employee was not adequately trained or supervised to carry out the task correctly.

Too Many Construction Workers are Dying Still

Written by building4u  on Tuesday, 31 January 2012 13:41  in Site Safety
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Too Many Construction Workers are Dying Still

Too Many Construction Workers are Dying Still

Four construction workers died at work last year, and more than 650 were seriously hurt on building sites across the country.

Provisional statistics released by the Department of Labour today show that there were 41 workplace fatalities in New Zealand last year, with construction one of sectors where the most harm occurred.

"Just one death, is one too many – and it is unacceptable that construction has such a high accident rate in New Zealand," says the Department's Southern General Manager Jean Martin.

No Room for Complacency on Construction Sites

Written by building4u  on Thursday, 12 January 2012 09:24  in Site Safety
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No Room for Complacency on Construction Sites

No Room for Complacency on Construction Sites

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. Some things may seem obvious but others maybe not so. Keep reading for a quick review of why complacency can lead to Health & Safety issues and what things to keep in mind as you head back out to work after a break over Christmas and New Year.

"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 Group Southern Division General Manager.

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Wellington Demolition Company Fined $20,000 For Failing to Keep Employee and Community Safe

Wellington Demolition Company Fined $20,000 For Failing to Keep Employee and Community Safe

A Wellington demolition company has today been fined $20,000 after a contractor was exposed to asbestos fibres and live electricity while working on an inner city site.

The Wellington District Court heard that Concrete Drilling and Cutting (1992) Limited was contracted to demolish two buildings in Wellington's Willis Street.

"Concrete Drilling and Cutting failed to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of its employee during the demolition of the site," says the Department of Labour's Southern General Manager, Jean Martin.

"In an inspection of the site, our inspectors found that the electricity had not been disconnected prior to demolition and testing identified that there was asbestos in the building.

Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992

Written by building4u  on Friday, 16 September 2011 14:59  in HSE Act
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Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992

Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992

The Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992

The Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (the HSE Act) was first passed in 1992, but was reviewed and amended substantially in 2002.

The object of the HSE Act is to promote the prevention of harm to all people at work, and others in, or in the vicinity of, places of work.

What is Bullying?

Written by building4u  on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 11:09  in Health & Safety
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What is Bullying?

What is Bullying?

There are many definitions of bullying. Bullying can be described as offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse of power that undermines, humiliates or injures the recipient.

Some examples are:

1. Spreading malicious rumours or insulting someone

2. Copying emails about someone to others who do not need to know

Getting started with Health and Safety

Written by building4u  on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 10:47  in Health & Safety
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Getting started with Health and Safety

Getting started with Health and Safety

A Place to Start

The single most effective action managers and employees can take to improve health and safety in the workplace is to champion it. If key managers always demonstrate that health and safety is critical to the daily operation of their business, employees will too.

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Working with Asbestos Cement Products - The Department of Labour Guide

Working with Asbestos Cement Products - The Department of Labour Guide

Introduction

Fibre-cement products have been used extensively as roofing and cladding materials in New Zealand but only products fitted before the mid-1980s are likely to contain asbestos. While the fibre-cement plants in Auckland and Christchurch discontinued the use of asbestos in1983, some building materials containing asbestos may have been imported after that date.