Health and Safety
We pride ourselves on being health and safety conscious. As such, staff working on our projects are both internally and externally trained and are well versed in all aspects of safe tool and equipment use, height work, helicopter operations, rescue and first aid. We also have a comprehensive health and safety plan which has been audited by MWH, the Port Hills Geotech Group in Christchurch City Council and the Department of Conservation.
We recognise the importance of trained and qualified staff to ensure safety and professionalism and all of our rope access staff are rigorously trained and accredited by IRAANZ (The Industrial Rope Access Association of New Zealand) http://www.iraanz.co.nz and Tai Poutini Polytechnic New Zealand. Many of our staff are also involved in both rope rescue or search and rescue (SARINZ) and incorporate techniques learnt from such organisations into the workplace.
Our Health and Safety Management System is comprehensive and based around the ACC model of continuous review and improvement. Monthly safety committee meetings and HR reports include detailed information on incidents, lost days etc.
Our standard operating procedure is to complete the site specific hazard documentation, including safety plans, prior to starting work. Once this has been reviewed and approved by the principal all team members are given a copy. Finally the document is reviewed on site, prior to work starting, with all staff attending along with the Principals representative. Visitors to site, and new employees are briefed and required to sign in prior to accessing the site. If new hazards are identified these are entered into the document.