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Barefoot in Rio de Janeiro 2006 — where anything was possible!

Barefoot in Rio de Janeiro 2006 — where anything was possible!

Rio de Janeiro was the destination for the Carters Advantage ninth annual Barefoot trip, where more than 300 lucky Advantage members used their rewards points to visit Brazil for a week of sightseeing and relaxing.  The welcome event was held on top of Sugar Loaf Mountain where everyone enjoyed taking in their first views of the amazing city. However, even on holiday there was work to be done. Edmund Lawler of Lawler and Associates and Andrew Gawith from Infometrics gave an informative pre...
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Play safe, work safe, stay safe

Health and safety issues have long been a priority for Hirepool. When an organisation completes more than 250,000 transactions each year on as many as 12,000 items of equipment, there is no room for compromise on that issue.  Customers expect the equipment they hire will not only do the job well, they will have no issues about equipment safety — and it is as critical for the company’s key accounts as it is for casual DIY customers. Hirepool is one of only a handful of organisat...
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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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