Browsing: Workplace Health & Safety

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The critical importance of following industry guidelines and adequately assessing hazards and risks in the workplace was highlighted after an employee of a large drainage contractor was run over by an excavator Hydrotech Limited pleaded guilty to one charge under section 6 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act (1992) for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of its employees and was fined $48,875.00. Continue →
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Several of New Zealand’s largest construction companies are joining forces to improve workplace health and safety Arrow International, Cassidy Construction, Dominion Constructors, Fletcher Construction, Hawkins Construction, Leighs Construction, Naylor Love and NZ Strong have signed an agreement committing to standardise their approach to on-site health and safety. Continue →
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Office workers who use sit-stand or treadmill desks are on track to being more productive and attentive with fewer signs of workplace stress than their sedentary chair-dwelling colleagues University of Queensland School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences researcher Associate Professor Nicholas Gilson has been studying the effects activity-promoting desks have on worker productivity. Continue →
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Ports of Auckland’s decision to eliminate the gas used for container fumigation has won applause from the Green Party, which wants other ports to follow suit Part of an ambition to become the most sustainable port in New Zealand, the initiative will require the total recapture of methyl bromide gas used for container fumigation by September 1, 2017, and for all cargoes by the end of the year Ports of Auckland CEO Tony Gibson says: “Methyl bromide is a very effective pesticide and a key part of New Zealand’s biosecurity defence, but it is toxic to humans and depletes the ozone layer. Continue →
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Are your employees exposed to or suffer from debilitating and frustrating carpal tunnel and OOS, asks Hasmate Director Gordon Anderson During a conversation, a friend’s son-in-law mentioned he had worked in the forest industry for eight years and had operated a log recovery excavator with a Waratah head that required  him to multifunction by working a set of toggle controls. Continue →
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  Using timber blocks to support or stabilise a large piece of equipment or a heavy load has long been accepted practice, but experience has shown that it’s not the safest or most efficient option Occupational health and safety professionals know that timber, when used as a support, is a serious safety risk for workers, being unpredictable, unsafe and unnecessary. Continue →
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WorkSafe New Zealand has clarified the circumstances in which it is acceptable to carry passengers on single-seat quad bikes, in consultation with Federated Farmers, Beef + Lamb NZ, and DairyNZ Under the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) 2015, persons conducting a business or undertaking such as farming must identify and manage risks arising from work, so far as is reasonably practicable. Continue →
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An Australian innovation about to enter world markets automates the hazardous, costly and never-ending task of slashing roadside grass around millions of poles, fences, safety barriers and signposts lining highways and byways Instead of whole teams of roadside workers laboriously manually trimming vegetation around the multitude of safety fence poles and advisory signs involved, the new SlasherTeck innovation uses one man on a tractor to do the job in a fraction of the time. Continue →
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Canada’s Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) has published a new research report to help prevent confined space accidents by helping companies apply existing regulations Researchers wanted to gain a better understanding of confined space risk management and identify issues based on the literature and field observations, and develop a confined space risk analysis and work categorization tool that meets the needs defined in the first stage of the project. Continue →
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Working alone outside of the traditional office is commonplace for tens of thousands of staff in New Zealand, but it needn’t stand in the way of safety Employers owe their employees a duty of care, and as such need to consider the risks for a person entering situations that have the potential to become a hostile environment. Continue →
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For solo farmer Peter Phillips, repeatedly suffering a ‘crook back’ from lifting ewes during lambing was a major and painful inconvenience – until he found the perfect solution Installing a second-hand wheelchair lift on the back of his ute now enables him to lift and move animals and other heavy loads without getting injured – and avoid downtime during his busiest time of the year. Continue →
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Prolonged sitting is very prevalent – more than half of the working population’s 15 hours waking day is sedentary according to Massey University Professor of Ergonomics Stephen Legg and research student and physiotherapist Jane Pierce  It has been linked to serious health effects – diabetes, cardiovascular disease, possible cancer and obesity to name but a few. Continue →
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