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Progress of the legislation

22/07/2015 6:53 AM

Progress of the legislation

The Bill is currently before parliament. The Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee has a revised report back of 24 July 2015 and then the Bill will continue its progression through the parliamentary process. There will be adequate time of some months between when the Bill is passed and when it comes into force to make sure duty holders are aware of their responsibilities under the new law.

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Posted By Lisa McAfee

Company to pay $66,799.50 after employee shot by nail gun

15 July 2015

VIP Frames & Trusses Limited has been ordered by the Court to pay $$66,799.50 after an employee was seriously injured when a nail shot from a nail gun hit him in the chest. The nail punctured his pericardium and lung, and narrowly missed his heart. The nail was subsequently removed in surgery.

VIP Frames & Trusses Limited was sentenced in the Christchurch District Court today after pleading guilty to two charges under the Health and Safety in Employment Act, for failing to take all practicable steps to keep an employee safe at work and failing to notify WorkSafe of another serious harm incident in 2013 where an employee fractured a thumb. They were ordered to pay $9,000 reparation to the victim, in addition to $6,000 already ordered by the Employment Relations Authority, a $46,962 fine in respect of breach of section 6 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, and a $10,837.50 fine for failing to notify.

The manufacturing company produces pre-fabricated steel and wooden building frames and trusses for the construction industry. The incident occurred on 29 January 2014 when two employees - one a contractor - were working with nail guns on opposite sides of a frame. This practice is called cross nailing. The contractor, who was still in training, failed to correctly line up his nail gun and misfired, hitting the injured worker in the chest with a nail.

The incident caused the injured worker significant emotional and physical harm, and financial stress. He could not return to work following the incident, and was told via text message that he was locked out of the workplace premise. He has also been verbally abused and ostracised by former work mates.

WorkSafe’s investigation found that while VIP Frames & Trusses Limited did have health and safety systems in place, there were a number of breaches. They failed to ensure that the standard operating procedure for nail guns was adequate, they failed to prohibit cross-nailing, and failed to ensure that the production line allowed operators enough time to check that no one was in the line of fire before compressing the trigger of a nail gun.

“Nail guns are an obvious hazard,” says Keith Stewart, WorkSafe Chief Inspector. “VIP Frames & Trusses Limited’s safety procedures should have ensured that employees knew never to point nail guns at each other and that they first checked it was safe before pulling a nail gun trigger.”

“They also should have ensured their training programme was followed, that trainees were properly supervised and assessed, and that their hazard register identified all known nail gun hazards.”

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Posted By Lisa McAfee

Kevin Mc Afee - The new legislation is coming

 

Welcome to CleanChem!

CleanChem offers your business control, consistency and due diligence in today's challenging world of Health and Safety. Our process is very simple. We will customise a page with a unique username and password for your business within the CleanChem website offering customised links to industry standard, AS/NZ approved or HSNO standard products specific to your business needs. 

The CleanChem website gives each client specific control and consistency, be it for a single location or multiple sites throughout New Zealand. CleanChem also archives every order for you to show your history of purchases, giving you evidence of your ongoing commitment to supporting Health and Safety within your business in preparation for any health & safety audit or visit from Worksafe NZ

Understanding the new legislation is about process and accountability. You as a business owner are responsible for ensuring that you are doing everything possible to keep your teams safe and also that your employees are aware of their responsibilities in regard to health and safety. If a business fails to meet this standard of care, there can be significant consequences for employers and employees. CleanChem offers a high standard of due diligence and 100% support to both the employer and employee.

By October this year when the new health and safety legislation is expected to be passed through Parliament, CleanChem's consultancy role becomes more significant.  CleanChem will also meet this challenge through the introduction of innovative online health & safety software to support small to medium sized businesses who don't have the time, knowledge or resources for an in house Health and Safety Manager. This application which is currently being developed, will provide everything you need from company health & safety policy manuals, to every day documentation and checklists on what you should be doing to keep your business in line with the specific requirements of Health and Safety within your business. 

CleanChem was officially launched in March 2015 this year and to date we have supported several national companies in ensuring their personal protective clothing and equipment meets AS/NZ standards where applicable.  More recently Foodstuffs have seen the benefit in what is on offer and a majority of their sites are working withCleanChem

There is no doubt that New Zealand businesses are in for significant challenges with the new legislation in Health and Safety, which has real potential to create concern and frustration for employers and employees. The next twelve months is certainly going to be an exciting journey and CleanChem will be at the forefront of offering New Zealand's businesses health & safety support. 

Posted By Lisa McAfee

Chamber Of Commerce Expo Event

26/05/2015 1:15 PM

A big thank you to the Chamber of Commerce for the EXPO held last week at Ellerslie Event Centre and to our winners of the $100 gift vouchers that can be used on the website for any product! You know who you are! 

This week we have added several more new medium sized business to our customer base and the key aspect of their decision was the fact that CLEANCHEM can ensure a Control, Consistency and Due Diligence for their business. 

Get in touch with the team here at CleanChem to find out more! 


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Welcome to CleanChem!

14/05/2015 4:07 AM

CleanChem Health and Safety Specialists

Welcome to CleanChem! This is officially our first Blog and we are delighted to be supporting you and your business going forward with whats happening in the world of Chemicals as well as Health and Safety for your business.

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