Australian health and safety inspectors to join rebuild team
In an international agency agreement, construction specialist health and safety inspectors from WorkCover Authority New South Wales in Australia will soon be joining the Canterbury Rebuild Health and Safety Programme.
“Last month the Government announced an extra $10.8 million over four years for the Programme, which is part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) Health and Safety Group,” says the Group’s Deputy Chief Executive Lesley Haines.
“There is a real opportunity to work towards significant improvements in health and safety in the rebuild,” Ms Haines says.
“One way we will be doing this is by bringing in two rotating construction specialist health and safety inspectors from WorkCover for 12 months. This is an exciting opportunity for WorkCover and for the Programme and MBIE.
“Both health and safety regulators will be working extremely closely together and this new arrangement will strengthen the links between the two agencies.
“The WorkCover inspectors are extremely experienced, warranted and will have to undergo specialised training about the New Zealand and Canterbury environment and health and safety legislation, as well as sit and pass an exam before coming to New Zealand,” Ms Haines says.
There will be several inspectors from WorkCover in total rotating on a month-on-month basis for a year. They will work alongside inspectors in the Programme team and the wider Canterbury office and support the transfer of skills to MBIE inspectors.
It is expected that the first pair of inspectors will start work in Canterbury in November.