Issue 46 – February 2013
Last year, health and safety inspectors issued over 1000 notices and written warnings to construction companies performing work at height unsafely.
Inspectors from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) assessed more than 1600 construction sites in 2012 as part of the Preventing Falls from Height project, which aims to reduce injuries and fatalities caused by falls in the construction sector.
The project continues in 2013 and construction workers are urged to make safety a priority in the New Year. Builders, roofers, electrical workers, painters, and decorators are the most likely to fall from height and get seriously hurt while they are working.
→ Read the full media release (http://dol.govt.nz/News/Media/2013/builders-urged-make-safety-priority-2013.asp)
Summarised from an MBIE media release, 17 January 2013.