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Safety trade breakfast attracts more than 300 rebuild workers

13 August 2013

In a strong commitment to keeping workers on the rebuild safe, more than 300 people from the construction sector attended a safety trade breakfast in Addington this morning.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) held the trade breakfast on the approach to preventing falls in the residential sector when undertaking roof construction.

“Our inspectors were telling us that many people in the construction industry wanted more information about how to work safely on residential roofs,” says the MBIE’s Canterbury Rebuild Health and Safety Programme Director Kathryn Heiler.

“The industry also wanted more information on MBIE’s approach to inspecting and enforcing work at height,” Ms Heiler says.

“We are delighted with the turn out. It shows a huge commitment from the industry to helping to keep their workers safe and follow appropriate guidance.

“Falls from height are estimated to cost $24 million a year in ACC claims – and that doesn’t even touch the human cost of losing a loved one, a valued worker and a member of the community.”

The trade breakfast included presentations from inspectors, MBIE staff and a construction company, on best practice for working safely on roofs and preventing falls from height.

“With the Government’s announcement last week of an extra $10.8 million over four years going towards the Canterbury Rebuild Health and Safety Programme, we are planning to hold more of these events to help employers, contractors and workers understand the hazards they are facing and how to manage them,” Ms Heiler says.

“People can also expect to see more of our inspectors on rebuild sites, as we look to focus on high risk areas such as asbestos exposure, falls from height, and mobile plant such as cranes, elevated work platforms, and all terrain forklifts.”

ENDS

 

Notes to editor:

Read about the Canterbury Rebuild Safety Charter which more than 50 organisations and companies have signed or endorsed.

 

The Ministry published Best Practice Guidelines for Working at Height in New Zealand in association with 21 businesses and industry associations. They outline how people organising, planning and doing work at height can keep themselves and others safe.

 

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