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.
It’s dangerous at the best of times to get out the crystal ball in an attempt to foretell the year ahead, and even more so at times of so much change, but I thought I’d give it a go anyway!
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.
New Zealand is a wonderful place to live, however it is plagued with colossal infrastructural limitations and a demoralizing ever-growing housing shortage/crisis. Just ask any Aucklander who’s had the ‘luxury’ of peak hour traffic on the harbor bridge or the desperate individual trying to buy a house…
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.
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).
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?
Health and safety systems bring a confusing array of jargon and three-letter acronyms. It can feel overwhelming but with a bit of understanding, you’ll be an expert in no time.
There is no doubt that these are testing times for many of our manufacturing exporters. Change continues at a rapid rate, and what is advanced thinking today can very quickly become old news, writes Daniel Taylor.
To pave the way for successful use of AS/NZS 2327, HERA has been working in application software development for the past several years. Dr Troy Coyle shares with us HERA’s latest solution.