ACC tack­les in­juries in construction in­dus­try

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

Power tools laden with sharp and fast-mov­ing parts ... lad­ders and the need to work at heights ... ma­te­ri­als and de­bris ly­ing on the ground.

Throw to­gether in­gre­di­ents such as th­ese, com­mon on any build­ing site, and you can see why in­juries in the construction in­dus­try tend to be higher than other sec­tors.

Of course, no one ever sets out to have an ac­ci­dent at work. But if you’ve never been trained in safe work prac­tices, or you’re rush­ing to meet a dead­line, that’s when ac­ci­dents are more likely to hap­pen.

To help builders and trades­peo­ple be­come more safety con­scious on the job, and to help stem the tide of con­struc­tion­in­juries, ACC and other in­dus­try-part­ners have put to­gether a free safety kit.

The kit fea­tures a num­ber of tools de­signed to keep safety in the spot­light, such as: • Stick­ers to put on tools and equip­ment, high­light­ing safe han­dling tips • Posters to re­in­force key safety mes­sages around the work site • ‘Flip’ cards to help iden­tify and man­age com­mon work­place haz­ards.

The hu­man suf­fer­ing that usu­ally ac­com­pa­nies in­jury is not easy to ig­nore. What is of­ten over­looked is the fi­nan­cial cost, which can stem from things like missed dead­lines, lost con­tracts, ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tions and re­cruit­ment costs.

In other words, a work­place in­jury can af­fect a busi­ness’s bot­tom line, as well as the health of its em­ploy­ees.

Help­ing to pre­vent in­jury is one of ACC’s key roles. It of­fers a range of ser­vices and in­cen­tives that can help builders and trades­peo­ple be­come more safety-con­scious and as a re­sult, in­jury-free.

One in­cen­tive, called Work­place Safety Dis­counts, of­fers the construction trades a levy dis­count in re­turn for tak­ing steps to run a safer work­place.

At the end of the day, a safe work­site can help builders and trades­peo­ple save lives, save money and even win new work, since a proven safety record is of­ten a ‘must have’ in many tenders th­ese days.

Any res­i­den­tial builder or trades­per­son who wants to know more about the as­sis­tance and re­sources ACC can pro­vide can con­tact Peter Ox­ley, phone (09) 915-8108, or email peter.

Al­ter­na­tively, visit the ACC web­site at www. ac c . c o . nz / con struc­tion.

Safety first: A proven safety record can help trades­peo­ple win new work.

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