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Gale-force winds not enough to stop safety launch

Gale-force winds not enough to stop safety launch

Gale force southerlies didn’t stop Minister of Labour Ruth Dyson and construction industry leaders Chris Olsen (Roading New Zealand) and Iris Clanachan (Site Safe) launching the New Zealand Construction Industry Health and Safety Strategy outdoors at Wellington Hospital recently.  Led by the Construction Industry Council, of which the Registered Master Builders Federation is an influential member, it is the first industry-developed health and safety strategy specifically aimed at add...
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Roofer’s fatal fall a reminder of dangers of working at height

The death of a well-known Christchurch roofi ng contractor is a reminder that nothing is more important than safety when people are working at height. The roofer fell 5.2 metres onto concrete while doing what should have been a routine job — putting a roof on a new house. Scaffolding had been erected around the other sides of the house, but not at the front where the roofer was working the day he died. He fell while working on the only section of a roof that was not protected by guardrails...
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Small construction businesses eligible for ACC discount

More than 180,000 small businesses which put workplace safety plans in place are now able to ask for a 10% discount on their ACC levies. On April 1, 2006, the Government introduced an ACC levy discount programme specifically aimed at small business employers and the self-employed in the agriculture, forestry, construction, road freight transport, motor trades and in-shore fishing industry sectors.  “I’m delighted to offer government help to small businesses in these sectors whi...
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The ‘Warthog’ — tough and stable in the workplace

The ‘Warthog’ — tough and stable in the workplace

Tradespeople rely on good quality combination stepladders/extension ladders, but unless absolutely robust fabrication is used most available ladders become unstable and worn very quickly in the harsh work site environment.  The Warthog has been tested in the field for the past 20 years. Builders say the ladders simply do not wear out or become unstable with wear at joins. Why? The Warthog features solid welded rungs as opposed to riveted or swaged joins which means a rock solid ladder that...
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Systems development manager excited by franchise’s initiatives

Systems development manager excited by franchise’s initiatives

Fix It Building Services, New Zealand’s only nationwide, trade-based repairs and renovation supplier, has appointed Margot Mortland as systems development manager. The appointment demonstrates Fix It’s commitment to leading the building services industry in technology as well as service and professionalism.  Ms Mortland steps into the newly formed position having spent a year as the Fix It Regional Manager - Northern Region where she managed the franchisees from Taupo north. Th...
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Having what it takes ‘feels terrific’

Having what it takes ‘feels terrific’

A solidly constructed Waikato home with an affi nity for its rural environment took top honours in the New Homes $600,000 - $1 million category at the Registered Master Builders 2005 House of the Year Awards, in association with PlaceMakers.  The extensive, single level home was praised by judges for its fl ow, perfect position and mix of materials. “It took considerable talent to make sure all the elements of this large home worked together seamlessly and were not overwhelmed by the...
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HoY involvement helps company focus on direction

HoY involvement helps company focus on direction

A low maintenance home which embraces beachside living won the James Hardie Show Home Award in the Registered Master Builders 2005 House of the Year, in association with PlaceMakers. Situated on a large corner site, the Tauranga home features an impressive sheltered entry and elegant foyer.  The layout has been zoned for smooth access to the large courtyard and outdoor living areas where alfresco dining can be enjoyed year round. Judges applauded the contemporary home for the extraordinary...
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State housing extension to provide certainty for building industry

The Government’s decision to extend the state housing network by a further 2000 houses will provide extra certainty for the building industry as it faces the prospect of an industry slowdown, according to the Registered Master Builders Federation. Chief executive Pieter Burghout says the RMBF is expecting a slight downturn in work over the next couple of years, especially in the lower value residential sector.  “The addition of extra state houses will help fill this gap,”...
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