Many small businesses are being financially penalised by the practice of some large corporates not paying their invoices for 90 days plus. Known as Unilateral Deferred Payment, this practice puts small businesses at risk of going under due to cash flow. The Government is going to consult soon on creating legal protection for small businesses over this practice.
Crane operator fined for overloading crane and injuring worker | Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.
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Caltex fuel prices drop for three weeks in a row.
Association Members can gain additional discounts through the Association fuel scheme
Members can access the Caltex fuel scheme through the Members Portal here
A recent incident involving a crane and power lines highlights the necessity to include overhead power lines in any job planning process and must also be included in liftplans and toolbox talks. The Crane Association liftplans have a site plan that is drawn up by the operator. This ensures that there is a greater awareness about overhead powerlines and will ensure that the operator always looks up. Power is a major hazard for Cranes. Cranes must stay 4 metres away from any line. You should also use a spotter when working near power lines. Use non-conductive tag lines and if possible earth the crane.
Transpower Contacts.If you intend to operate equipment near our transmission lines, please contact us at any of the numbers below to arrange a safety observer
•Transpower - 0508 LANDOWNER
•North Auckland/Northland: Ox Wightman 029 771 1825
•South Auckland/Waikato: Les McKenzie 021 945 284
•Bay of Plenty: Jessie Phillips 027 600 5377
•Taranaki and Central North Island: Andy Ward 021 357 935
•Lower North Island/Hawke’s Bay: Stephen Howard 027 490 9464
•Nelson/Marlborough/West Coast: Isaac Hurst 027 535 5255
•North Canterbury: Ron Mackenzie 027 435 6240
•South/Mid Canterbury: Myles Stichman 027 477 9693
•Otago/Southland: Jimmy Cormack 021 357 996
WorkSafe has released the Good Practice Guidelines ‘Safe Work with Precast Concrete’ to replace the Approved Code of Practice for the ‘Safe Handling, Transportation and Erection of Precast Concrete’.
Importantly, this GPG aligns with the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA). The GPG reminds all upstream PCBUs, along with the crane driver, that even if they have no contractual relationship with another PCBU they may still share overlapping duties when they work on the same site. Where duties are shared, the PCBUs must consult, cooperate with, and coordinate activities with other PCBUs. (See Section 34 of HSWA for more information.)
Click on image to download the GPG
Read the latest update to the RLB Index for cranes throughout New Zealand
One death and one critical injury is the result of an incident on a worksite in Victoria, Australia.
Worksafe Australia issued a notice that can be read here
CMEFU Construction have issued a safety notice recommending that all work stop on all Raimondi cranes. Read notice here
Raimondi have sent out a notice to all dealers and clients about the three incidents in Australia. Download the notice here
Indicative crane access maps have been developed by NZTA to identify bridge constraints for information purposes for the crane industry. These will enable crane operators to identify bridge's status when planning routes to and from worksites. These will be updated on an annual basis and they are available on the NZTA Maphub and on following link:
President Trump's intention to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium has had an impact on the crane manufacturing sector . Terex announced that they cannot sustain the costs and have to pass it on to the customer. Their base price remains the same, so they will add a steel cost surcharge
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REGISTERED FOR YOUR NZBN NUMBER?
The New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) is a unique number used to identify a business. Whether you're a large crane company or a self-employed crane owner, all businesses in New Zealand can have an NZBN.
Your NZBN is linked to the business information you most often share with other businesses and government agencies, such as your trading name, phone number and email address. Because you own the information that’s held on the NZBN Register about your business, it’s easy to keep this up to date.
Through the NZBN Register, your customers, suppliers and government agencies can see that your business is real and tangible. In turn, you can see the key information of businesses you work with, making it easier to transact with them.
Increasing numbers of businesses are building the NZBN into their systems and processes, in areas like tenders, reporting and finance.
Visit www.nzbn.govt.nz to find out more and to get your NZBN. Or call 0508 696 926.