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Working at height in New Zealand

December 2nd, 2018

Preventing falls from height is a priority for WorkSafe and it expects that work at height is actively managed so that people are not harmed.

Investigations by WorkSafe into falls while working at height show that more than 50 percent of falls are from less than three metres and approximately 70 percent of falls are from ladders and roofs. The cost of these falls is estimated to be $24 million a year – to say nothing of the human cost as a result of these falls.

Factors contributing to injuries sustained from working at height include:

  • lack of or inadequate planning and hazard assessment
  • inadequate supervision
  • insufficient training for the task being carried out
  • incorrect protection or equipment choices
  • incorrect use or set-up of equipment including personal protective equipment
  • unwillingness to change the way a task is carried out when a safer alternative is identified
  • suitable equipment being unavailable.

More injuries happen on residential building sites than any other workplace in the construction sector.

In 2012 the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment initiated a targeted harm reduction programme to address the issue through the Preventing Falls from Height Project. These guidelines are a critical element of the programme and will give all who are involved with working at height clear direction on how to manage the work in a way that will bring down the death and injury toll.

The Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (the HSE Act) sets out the performance required of duty holders. People with a duty must take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of workers when they are exposed to a fall or where the hazard of a fall exists.

[image] A worker restrained in boom-style elevating work platform
Figure 1: A worker restrained in boom-style elevating work platform (EWP)


Where the potential of a fall exists, the following simple hierarchy of controls shall be considered by duty holders:

  1. Can the job can be done without exposing persons to the hazard (eliminate). This can often be achieved at the design, construction planning and tendering stages.
  2. If elimination is not practicable then steps should be taken to isolate people from the hazard. This can be achieved using safe working platforms, guardrail systems, edge protection, scaffolding, elevated work platforms, mobile scaffolds and barriers to restrict access.
  3. If neither elimination nor isolation are practicable then steps should be taken to minimise the likelihood of any harm resulting. This means considering the use of work positioning systems or travel restraint systems, safety harnesses, industrial rope access systems and soft landing systems.

The Good Practice Guideline Working at Height in New Zealand is a generic guide that is not industry-specific. Many industries have their own guidelines that address the specific issues which are unique to their working environments, for example, the electricity sector. These also should be considered.

A hazard assessment shall be carried out for all work at height. It is essential that the hazards are identified before the work starts and that the necessary equipment, appropriate precautions and systems of work are provided and implemented.

Doing nothing is not an option.

Download The Good Practice Guideline Working at Height in New Zealand

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Petzl Release New Competitive Quick Release Harness

August 26th, 2016

Petzl have launched a new fall arrest harness into the NZ market; The Petzl NEWTON EASYFIT Harness.

The new harness provides quick release buckles, an easy fit ergonomic design and at an extremely competitive price when compared to harnesses with similar features.

The NEWTON EASYFIT fall arrest harness is easily donned thanks to its EASYFIT design: a vest ensures the harness keeps its shape and the FAST automatic buckles (sternal and leg loop) allow the harness to be donned with both feet on the ground. It offers ergonomic stowage of MGO connectors and has fall indicators.

Rapid donning thanks to the EASYFIT design:
  • vest ensures the harness keeps its shape
  • FAST automatic buckles (sternal and leg loop) allow the harness to be easily donned with both feet on the ground. These buckles retain their adjustment settings between donnings.
Comfortable throughout the work day:
  • anatomical design is close-fitting, while giving optimal freedom of movement
  • lightweight, breathable construction
Easy to use:
  • shoulder straps equipped with self-locking DoubleBack buckles for quick and easy adjustment
  • stowage system for the MGO connectors on fall arrest lanyards, on each shoulder strap. In case of a fall, this system releases the MGO connectors and allows the absorber to be deployed.
  • fall indicators on the sternal and dorsal attachment points. If a fall indicator is visible after a fall, the harness must be retired.
  • equipment loops and slots for TOOLBAG tool pouch allows easy organization of work tools

 Download the Petzl Newton Easyfit Harness Technical Notice

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Farmlands Partner – We are now accepting Farmlands Cards

September 17th, 2015

We’re pleased to announce, that we are now a Farmlands Partner and accept Farmlands Cards as a method of payment for Farmlands card holders, we offer a competitive discount on all products store wide.

You can either bring your card into our store or alternatively buy here online and select ‘Farmlands Card’ as a payment method at the checkout, we can then ship the goods direct to you or you can collect from our store.

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H.E.Canterbury now a member of LEENZ

August 27th, 2015

Lifting Equipment Engineers New Zealand Incorporated (LEENZ) was formed in 1992 to adopt a common range of Standards for the New Zealand Industry and to promote the safe use of Lifting Equipment.

LEENZ is devoted to quality, safety, training and the testing and inspection of Lifting Equipment to the Manufacturers Standards and the highest level of integrity.

LEENZ is an overseas associate member of The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) is established across the globe as the leading representative body for all those involved in the lifting industry worldwide

This membership will assist us to stay informed on industry news and also assists us to bring our customers helpful tools such as Lifting Limits, Codes of Practice and various other items – Keep an eye out for these in our store over the coming weeks.

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KITO Hoists Now available

August 26th, 2015

Kito hoists have earned a reputation for delivering unmatched value and performance. Kito offers all major hoist lines with a wide capacity range for various applications to provide solutions for all working conditions and a range of hoists are now available from H.E.Canterbury.

LB Hoist

A lightweight hoist that’s anything but a lightweight.

The L5LB forged an entirely new, industry-leading benchmark by being smaller, lighter and stronger than any other lever hoist on the market. Its proven strength and durability stand up in an endless array of gruelling applications, including environments where temperatures drop to a bone-chilling -40 C.

LX Hoist

Small is the new huge.

Don’t be fooled by its award winning pocket-sized design, the LX is no lightweight. Its robust integrated aluminum housing, tip supported hook latches, and heat treated gears and chain make this a small hoist that delivers huge durability and performance. And, with a 1mm lifting accuracy, the LX is capable of positioning your load exactly where you want it. Try it in either configuration: the LX 1/4t weighs in at only 4 lbs, making it the ideal lever hoist for work in tight quarters or elevated locations. Or try the LX 1/2t, which weighs in at only 6 lbs, for even more pulling power.

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