DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - CONTENTS - Steve Hart, Ed­i­tor. ed­i­tor@demm.co.nz

It seems 2014 has got off to a pos­i­tive start with talk across the me­dia, and at the watercooler, that we are in for a thump­ing good year. I hope so! Per­haps the green shoots of re­cov­ery are start­ing to evolve into a lush pad­dock. In which case, the Re­serve Bank will be oil­ing its mower to keep it all in trim – with talk of in­ter­est rate rises to put the brakes on in­fla­tion.

I just hope the RBNZ al­lows us at least a bit of fun be­fore crack­ing down on the coun­try.

There are other changes go­ing on too, safety at work is be­com­ing a higher pri­or­ity – and not be­fore time. Yes, peo­ple ex­pect to go home af­ter a day’s work in the same con­di­tion they ar­rived in the morn­ing.

Too many peo­ple are los­ing limbs, and their lives, due to sloppy work prac­tices, poor (or no) over­sight, slack sys­tems, flex­i­ble pro­ce­dures, and man­agers who turn a blind eye – so they can keep both of them on the bot­tom line.

Frankly, I’m sick of hear­ing the phrase “it was within the guide­lines” when an avoid­able ac­ci­dent hap­pens. How about some hard rules, and putting peo­ple first?

Well, it looks like we may just be head­ing that way ac­cord­ing to this month’s col­umn from MESNZ’s Craig Car­lyle.

Else­where in this edi­tion, we look at the fan­tas­tic achieve­ment of HTC’s bridge lift in Christchurch. The firm used com­puter con­trolled hy­draulic lifts to raise a road bridge, so its foun­da­tions could be fixed fol­low­ing the earth­quakes.

Joel Leonard also chips in with some an in­spi­ra­tional story of peo­ple help­ing oth­ers to de­velop new ideas, par­tic­u­larly in the 3D print­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

All up, we have a great read for you.

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