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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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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.

The Department of Labour's General Manager Southern, Jean Martin, says the construction sector has one of the highest rates for workplace fatalities and the third highest rate of serious injury.

"Investigations show that more than half the falls from height reported to the Department of Labour involve construction workers falling from less than three metres - often from ladders and single storey roofs.

"This sobering picture is why preventing falls from height is a priority for the Department of Labour," says Ms Martin.

The launch event was opened by Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu General Manager Tribal Interests, David Perenara-O'Connell. Wigram Skies subdivision is being developed by Ngai Tahu Property.

Those organisations there supporting the event include Hawkins Construction, Fletcher Construction, the NZ Construction Association, the Construction Safety Council and the Roofing Association of New Zealand.

The event included practical demonstrations on working safely at height.

Minister of Labour - Guidelines launch - 19 April 2012 

Minister of Labour Kate Wilkinson




  • To read the new Guideline CLICK HERE
  • More information about the National Action Agenda is available on the Department of Labour website: CLICK HERE




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