New Zealand Scaffolding Supplies takes its safety duty of care as seriously as its legal responsibilities.
Director Laurie Sayers says the team lives by a zero tolerance policy for unsafe work acts, products or conditions in its own environment, its end-user environment and when in contact with the general public.
The company gained Telarc-approved ISO 9001:2000 certification for its administration and production systems in January. Mr Sayers says as part of ISO procedures the company must ensure products are manufactured according to the relevant Standards.
“However, if no Standard is applicable, we design our own tests and contract with independent New Zealand testing authority P-Test to run them.
“The consistent quality and reliability of our products determines their fitness for purpose and safety. This is the concern of every person in the organisation.
“To that end, and to maintain our policy of conforming to relevant standards, customer requirements and continuous quality improvement, we educate, train and certify all employees in their own areas as well as in the required quality control aspects,” he says.
Mr Sayers reckons health and safety begins at home. Employees have regular meetings, continually monitor and manage hazards, and purposefully aim to eliminate incidents involving staff and the public from near miss level up.
No customer complaints, total customer satisfaction and zero faulty manufacturing product returns are other company objectives that have paid off. As did Mr Sayer’s flexible approach to best practices.
“We’re not fixated on one scaffold system, but will strive to supply what the customer requires and offer advice on the best system for their needs. We can manufacture or source any major scaffolding system, or develop one for the customer.”
New Zealand Scaffolding Supplies is consequently New Zealand’s longest-running 100% Kiwi-owned specialist scaffold store.
Mr Sayer proudly comments on its wide customer base. “We supply builders, government departments, home handymen, painters, roofers, theatres and most of the scaffold companies in New Zealand. We’ve sent scaffolding as far south as Scott Base, and have even supplied to the King Kong movie set.”
The company is an active member of employer group SARNZ, which focuses on scaffolding training and safety, and supports Tai Poutini Polytechnic, the main South Island training provider for scaffolding.
The latest in-house developed scaffold system is the Pro-System series. Based on the successful H Frames, it offers increased ease of use, speed and safety.
New Zealand Scaffolding also sells safety harnesses. The company has branches in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.