Welcome to my last column for 2020 – it has been a year of challenges, uncertainty, and more importantly, adaptability.
And thankfully, the year ahead is paved with opportunities to further strengthen the crane industry.
With that in mind, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all our members and the wider construction industries’ commitment to providing such incredible service during the COVID-19 uncertainty.
The CANZ Council recently had...
In the third part of our new three-part series about regulations, the Crane Association of New Zealand’s Past President, Scott McLeod, hammers home the same message he’s been advocating for for years.
With potential changes Health and Safety in Employment (Pressure Equipment, Cranes, and Passenger Ropeways) Regulations afoot, it’s crucial to have the mastered the basics.
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The Crane Association of New Zealand (CANZ) has received confirmation that full funding for crane training is now available through the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF).
Trainees who enrol in the New Zealand Certificate in Cranes (Levels 3 & 4), will have their training and assessment fully paid for by the TTAF scheme. This cost has previously been paid for by the crane
company / employer.
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The attached safety alert first featured in the Minex Safety Alert email on 27 November 2020. Please use the learnings to review procedures for the elimination of this hazard.
WorkSafe has advised that two separate incidents have occurred in a month, where gas bottles have been damaged in an exclusion zone.
Read the safety alert HERE
With the elections done and dusted, and the announcement of the Labour Government’s new ministers, we’re preparing a Briefing to the Incoming Minister.
This document will highlight the Association’s areas of concern, opportunities and support we believe is required from central government to assist in our industry’s development.
We were also watching the results of the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill referendum, as a supportive majority may have posed significant health and safety issues for the industry.
However, as you may well know, most voters were not in favour of recreational cannabis.
On to a lighter note, planning for the CANZ Conference has restarted in earnest. Sarah met me at Claudelands to discuss details with the event’s organiser and check out the venue’s facilities.
The 2021 conference is shaping up to be an exciting one, especially as it will be an opportunity to make up for lost time due to the cancellation of this year’s event.
We’re still planning on having one of the country’s largest outdoor displays of cranes. You will be able to ‘investigate’ all the new toys that will be needed with the Government pushing the economy along.
You also may have seen Sarah in the past few weeks, on her tour throughout the country putting names to faces.
If so, thank you to those who showed her your businesses and highlighted issues you’re tackling on a day-to-day basis. From what I hear, it was an informative trip.
Lastly, I would like to bring to your attention two incidences that occurred in the past couple of months.
Two truck loader cranes tipped over after their stabilisers were not properly deployed.
Please remember three things: TRAINING, TRAINING, TRAINING!
We must all understand our machinery’s operating procedures and ensure that all our staff are competent to use equipment without a supervisor.
The better prepared we all are for work, the safer we will all be.
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Visiting Crane Association of New Zealand members throughout the country has reinforced the Association’s purpose to lead governmental changes within the industry.
So says Sarah Toase, Executive Officer, following her tour of crane operators and business owners last month.
Understanding the day-to-day concerns of members, amongst a wide range of areas that need addressing, is part of the Association’s strategic planning process to set a ‘direction of travel’ for the next four years.
One key theme that has come up time and time again is...
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In the second part of our new three-part series about regulations, the Crane Association of New Zealand’s Past President, Scott McLeod, shines a light on the obscurities critical to going home safe in this month's The Technical Corner.
There are plenty of other things we would prefer to do than get our heads around regulations.
They aren’t fun to read or interpret – and the Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management) Regulations 2016 (the Regulation) is no exception.
Nevertheless, Scott McLeod says understanding the do’s and don’ts are crucial to ensuring everyone goes home safe at the end of the day.
There are two sections in particular that crane operators need to be aware of...
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Martin Wouters is a man of many sayings – one being that it is better to live and die by your own sword than someone else’s.
More importantly are his views on employers’ understanding of ACC levies: “Most employers don't understand the rules. And when you don’t understand the rules, it gets pretty hard to argue the rules.”
The Managing Director of Manage Group established his business to essentially do one thing – translate ACC and WorkSafe speak into plain English.
It was a necessity in 2011, when he started his own business, and he says it is still a requirement today.
Why? Because, in his words, ACC is inefficient at communicating legislation, what is required of an employer, and what is disputable.
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The 14km Remutaka Hill road on State Highway 2 will be closed for essential maintenance and slip prevention works from 9pm–4am on 22 nights from November 2020 to June 2021.
The overnight closures include 4 block closures of 4 or 5 nights in a row and 3 single Sunday night closures.
Click here for details of the closures.