The Health and Safety Reform Bill has recently been passed by the New Zealand Parliament and will come into effect on 4th of April 2016.
The new Act replaces the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 with the Health and Safety at Work Act 2016.
Many people ask us about how far you have to go to manage the safety of contractors and some companies have gone too far and have incurred unnecessary liabilities.
Generally speaking, it is OK to rely on the expertise of specialist contractors, assuming you have done your due diligence e.g. they satisfy your contractor firm pre-qualification standards including insurance check.
A worker has been fined $2,500 plus costs for failing to follow a safe work method statement (SWMS) when operating a crane.
The worker allowed his crane to make contact with overhead power lines at a Perth construction site.
Increasingly, even smaller businesses are employing safety co-ordinators to help manage safe operation and OHS compliance obligations.
Whilst demand for safety professionals is increasing, recruitment firms advise that salaries are dropping, particularly for senior strategic safety positions.