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Is contractor prequalification just about compliance to the law or about making a difference? The challenge to this statement was brought home to me a few weeks ago when I meet up with a neighbour who was spitting sparks, and said to me, "I’m in the wrong business - how do...

Did you know that your business can use Hasmate to not only manage its company assets, but also its vehicles, equipment, employee information, and training, and the same program can also alert you when important checks must be made? Over the past five years, there have been numerous work-site accidents involving...

Health and safety is not a topic that you would usually get emotional about, but one gets to a point when enough is enough. A couple of years ago a friend gave me the book “Tragedy at Pike River Mine: How and Why 29 Men Died” by Rebecca Macfie. He said to...

What is a significant hazard or risk? Where and how does the term significant hazard fit into hazard management and the risk rating of hazards, and is it still relevant? This is a question I was asked recently and there still exists some confusion as to its application,  and is it or...

It's frustrating to continually read about court cases where the lack of guarding has led to horrific injuries. Too often these result in another hard-working family man or woman having to suffer the effects for the rest of his or her lives. Why? Is it because someone never took or allowed the...

Spotted - an advert on TVNZ 1 for gardening gloves with a difference - some clever person had come up with idea of attaching moulded claws to one of the gloves for digging in the garden, to assist with planting - how clever! Consider this: How often do we see something...

The prosecution of a Tauranga mussel processing company last week for an industrial accident must certainly make all businesses  - using chemicals in any part of their operations - sit up and take note. When you read the following, the incident could easily have been avoided with a few practical and...

This is a warning to all businesses after a recent High Court judgement that has given guidelines to sentence employers who fail to protect the health and safety of workers. The judgement stems from the 2015 Health and Safety at Work Act and gives guidelines to sentencing people found guilty under...

Has red tape bureaucracy been taken to the extreme? Spotted - at a DOC hut recently.  Three signs surrounding the one and only door to the hut. “In case of fire, go outside and call out FIRE, FIRE, FIRE to the others in the hut"...