Getting serious about machine safety in 2022

A wave of prosecutions related to guarding and the safe use of machinery are an eyeopener to the complacency of business in keeping their workers safe. From the Wellington pastry worker degloving his hand in a pastry maker to the female sawmill worker killed when she was dragged into machinery, the reality is that our statistics have not improved despite the best intentions of MBIE and WorkSafe.

Steel is a hero of the circular economy: Study estimates 85% of Aotearoa’s building and construction steel waste is recycled

In June 2021, HERA published its Steel Recycling Report that indicated an impressive 74% of scrap steel in New Zealand was recycled. The recycling of steel not only provides significant environmental benefits but also helps to secure the future of the steel industry. Recycled steel is cheaper and easier to produce (recycling steel saves almost 74% of the overall energy used in production), saves natural resources, and prevents excess greenhouse gas usage.

Honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi in Governance

In the recent reforms of vocational education, the Education and Training Act 2020 was amended with a reference (Section 4): “The purpose of this Act is to establish and regulate an education system that…honours Te Tiriti Waitangi and supports Māori-Crown relationships”. This is the first piece of legislation that references requirements relating to Te Tiriti in its entirety (versus the principles) and compels “honouring” it.

High Court shines spotlight on payment schedules under the Construction Contracts Act 2002

In Templeton Kingsland Ltd vs. Dominion Constructors Ltd, the contractor served a statutory demand following the principal’s payment of just over $320,000 in response to a payment claim of nearly $6 million. The principal provided a payment schedule, but the contractor argued it was not valid. The Court’s reasoning for setting the demand aside serves as a reminder to all who prepare and receive payment schedules under the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (Act).

Why ‘set and forget’ no longer works in supply chain management

As long as people have been doing business, managing supply and demand has been a constant balancing act. Over recent years, we had become used to a highly functioning, ‘set and forget’ global supply chain. Given that it seems inevitable that supply chain challenges will continue in some form or other, what does this mean for manufacturers?