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.