Guidelines for Working at Height

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The Guidelines for Working at Height were developed by the Ministry in consultation with a large number of industry associations and companies.

“The purpose of the Guidelines for Working at Height is to provide practical guidance  to employers, contractors, employees and all
others engaged in work associated with working  at height on how they can meet their obligations  under the Health and Safety in Employment Act  1992 and its associated Regulations. Accordingly,
adherence to these Best Practice Guidelines (for Working at Height) is  recommended.”

The Guidelines for Working at Height aim to prevent people being hurt from falls. It is well expressed by this statement from the Ministry.

“Preventing falls from height is a priority for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and it expects that work at height is actively managed so that people are not harmed.”

The Guidelines for Working at Height identify a number of factors that contribute to injuries sustained from working at height. These include

  • incorrect protection or equipment choices
  • suitable equipment being unavailable.

AllQuip carries a substantial range of height safety products from a number of manufacturers to satisfy a variety of those demands.

Become familiar with the guidelines which can be found here Best Practice Guidelines for Working at Height in New Zealand

 

The New Zealand Truck Loading Code

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The New Zealand Truck Loading Code was issued by transport authorities after consultation with other governments and government departments and with New Zealand industry organisations. The Official New Zealand Truck Loading Code is a code of practice for the safety of loads on heavy vehicles. The following is from the first page of the truck loading code.

“The Truck Loading Code sets out a code of practice for the safety of loads on heavy vehicles.
 
It has been prepared to provide owners, drivers, operators and loading staff with guidance in  the basic safety principles that must be followed generally, and in particular the precautions  that must be taken to ensure the safe carriage of a number of the more  common types of  load, including containers, pallets, construction equipment, logs and sawn timber.”

Truckers should take note of the ratings of lashing equipment in the  New Zealand Truck Loading Code.

Many items for sale in New Zealand are made to Australian Standard and are marked with a Lashing Capacity. That lashing capacity is not necessarily the rated strength under the New Zealand Truck Loading Code.

Chain is rated at its minimum breaking load in the New Zealand Truck Loading Code (refer paragraph 1, page 10) while the Australian Lashing Capacity is only 50% of the breaking load. The Australian rules calculate the lashing requirements by a more complex method, but the result is essentially the same number of chains on a given load.

Under Australian rules, a 2500kg tie down can be rated at double the lashing capacity when used in an upside-down basket configuration. Under the New Zealand Truck Loading Code this does not apply, and a 2500kg tie down is always rated at 2500kg.

Every person who carries loads should be familiar with the New Zealand Truck Loading Code. The penalties for losing a load are severe and the consequences are the possible loss of life.

Click here for  The Official New Zealand Truck Loading Code

This edition published 2012 by the NZTA,

The Approved Code of Practice for Load-Lifting Rigging

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From time to time codes of practice are issued by government departments after consultation with industry organisations. The intention of these codes of practice is to encourage safe and appropriate processes and procedures.

The  New Zealand Approved Code of Practice for Load-Lifting Rigging has the following statement by the Acting Minister in the forward.

NOTICE OF APPROVAL

The construction industry plays an important role in New Zealand, working hard to educate its members to a high standard of health and safety. However, it is an industry with significant risks that must be well managed. Load-lifting rigging is a critical aspect of transporting materials over distance and height, and if not done so safely, serious accidents and damage to property can occur.

This Approved Code of Practice (Approved Code of Practice for Load-Lifting Rigging) has been developed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in partnership with industry representatives and other agencies. It is focused on improving safety practices and reducing workplace accidents in the industry.

In May 2012, the Government announced a target of reducing workplace deaths and serious injuries by at least 25 percent by 2020. This code, as a joint initiative of the Ministry and the industry, will play a role in achieving that goal.

I approve this code of practice under section 20 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992. It is a statement of preferred work practices. A Court may consider it when considering compliance with relevant sections of the Act. If an employer can show compliance with all the matters it covers, a Court may consider the employer has complied with the Act.

The underline has been added by us but the message is clear. For a copy of the  Approved Code of Practice for Load-Lifting Rigging click here.