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.
Crane Association of New Zealand