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Imported steel ‘not meeting NZ standards’

The Report on Grade 500E Steel Reinforcement released by the Department of Building and Housing recently raises concerns about the quality of imported steel and recommends that the building and construction industry undertakes education programmes to ensure 500E reinforcing steel is used correctly.  The DBH report came in response to concerns raised by the University of Auckland and other members of the industry about the performance of 500E reinforcing steel. Independent testing from SGS ...
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Safety Plan for Small Businesses

Most business owners would agree that a safe project ensures a quality work environment for all workers, helping projects run smoothly and on time, and to achieve expected profit margins. Site Safe has developed the Safety Plan for Small Businesses to enable business owners to easily implement a health and safety management system.  Whether the company is a one-man band or employs a small gang of men, having a safety plan that can easily be incorporated into the business makes good sense. ...
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New PlaceMakers store opens in Invercargill

New PlaceMakers store opens in Invercargill

The new PlaceMakers Invercargill store officially opened for business recently, signalling a new era for one of Invercargill’s oldest retailers. The official opening was attended by customers, suppliers and staff in a ceremony led by PlaceMakers chief executive, David Worley, and local Joint Venture Partner Alistair Rance.  The new store is at a new site in Liddel Street, and covers 3900 sq m, with an undercover drive-through and more than 100 car parks. The store is part of a broade...
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Building qualifications — what’s involved?

One of the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation’s (BCITO) key responsibilities is to develop and implement industry qualifications for the construction sector. It has launched two new qualifications during 2005, including the National Certifi cate in Construction (Supervisors, Level 5) and the National Certificate in Construction (Leading Hand, Level 4). These qualifications address the technical, supervisory and communications skills required by leading hands or superv...
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Apprentices show their class

Apprentices show their class

Apprentices from far and wide came together for the recent Registered Master Builders Federation Carters 2005 Apprentice of the Year competition. There were fi ve regional competitions around the country — Auckland/Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wellington and Christchurch.  Apprentices are vital for the building industry, and the aim of the competition is to:  • increase awareness of building as a career choice,  • promote excellence in training, and  ...
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Access company appoints training and development group manager

Access company appoints training and development group manager

New Zealand Group Holdings Ltd, the holding company for New Zealand Crane Hire, New Zealand Access Hire and New Zealand Tower Cranes, has appointed Susan Hassan as group manager, training and development.  Ms Hassan will be developing and implementing training and development programmes for the group’s 65 management and staff. The programmes will include staff inductions, health and safety training, computer courses and advanced national certificates for crane operators.  She s...
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