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  • 04 Apr 2013 10:29 AM | Anonymous
    The EWPA are very pleased to advocate the new "working safely at height toolkit" which has been released by the MBIE.  This great resource has been loaded into the resources area and can be viewed or downloaded anytime.  Please familiarise yourself with these factsheets, as they will be a valuable tool for you, your staff, your businesses and your customers.  Check them out here
  • 07 Jan 2013 5:50 PM | Anonymous
    On 3 December 2012 Opportunity ITO merged with The Skills Organisation (formerly ETITO) a multi-industry ITO. The crane, scaffolding rigging, industrial rope access, and elevating work platform industries became part of the Specialist Trades division of the organisation.

    Throughout the process the Opportunity Board was focussed on ensuring any merger would provide opportunities to enhance training quality and service levels for the industries, along with ..... read more ..... click here
  • 12 Nov 2012 1:54 PM | Anonymous

    In May of 2012, whilst attending the HRIA Convention in Australia I was approached by Phil Tindle and Tim Mikkelsen representing HIANZ (Hire Industry Association of New Zealand) with a proposal for EWPANZ and HIANZ to share their administrative functions and management.

    The idea of this was to have a common administrative and management body but leave the two associations to run separately. I felt this idea had great potential for the growth and efficiencies of the EWPANZ especially with the administrative side of things which is an area that we have struggled at times. 

    I have observed numerous times, the success of HRIA (Hire and Rental Industry Association) and EWPA Australia working side by side in a similar way. In fact, at the recent HRIA convention they shared a stand together at the trade show. Together they have a very strong and highly organised presence in the Australian market. To be able to push EWPANZ to a level such as this could only be beneficial for our organization and industry.

    It was agreed that Phil would present this idea to the EWPANZ at the 2012 AGM in A

    uckland.  The proposal was met with great positivity and enthusiasm and it was therefore decided that a Memorandum of Understanding would be created and actioned for the go forward.

    Since the AGM that Memorandum has been generated and signed. Phil Tindle has now assumed the role of Chief Executive for the Elevating Work Platform Association of New Zealand (Inc.) and will be handling all functions and responsibilities associated with this role. Phil has a proven track record as the General Manager of HIANZ which has gone from strength to strength since he took over. I am excited and look forward to working with him as we strive to grow and expand the EWPANZ.

    Lastly, I would like to thank and acknowledge all the people who have given their precious time and efforts over the years ensuring the association has grown to the point it is at now. I look forward to your continued support as we prepare to take things to a whole new level.

    Sincerely,

    Clint Norgrove | PRESIDENT
    Elevating Work Platform Association of New Zealand (Inc.) 


     

  • 26 Oct 2012 1:25 PM | Anonymous

    Australia’s EWPA (Elevating Work Platform Association) is educating its local market on the dangers of unauthorised alterations to equipment by end users.

    The association has issued a Guidance Note Technical Bulletin on the modification of EWPs (Elevating Work Platforms) by end users. The guidance note is to prevent unauthorised manufacturer equipment alterations that no longer comply with Australian Standards or are no longer in accordance with workplace health and safety regulations.

    EWPA issued its guidance note after a series of incidents involving unintentional operation of upper control box joystick controllers on scissor lifts. To prevent such accidents, end users have been modifying equipment, for example, by fitting additional guarding. However, the EWPA stresses that such modifications, which are often ad-hoc in nature, may well introduce new hazards to the workplace.

    Phil Newby, executive director of the EWPA said: “While the EWPA, end users and owners are seeking a timely resolution to protection of controls, appropriate solutions may take some time to develop. In the meantime, end users must be aware unauthorised modifications may jeopardise operator lives.”

    Formed in 1987, the EWPA of Australia has more than 400 member companies, representing manufacturers, suppliers, rental companies, owner/users and service providers. 

  • 20 Oct 2012 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    A one day conference covering topical issues relating to health and safety and employment law. This conference will bring together H&S professionals, HR Advisors and experts in health and safety and employment law to discuss issues that will directly impact on the way health and safety is managed in the workplace.

    Obtain practical guidance from the experience of others to ensure compliance with health & safety and employment law and learn how to identify and minimise the exposure to the risk of legal liability.

    http://www.safeguard.co.nz/events/legalsafe/default_2012.asp

  • 18 Oct 2012 10:45 AM | Anonymous

    The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) said there were seven fatalities from six accidents worldwide involving mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) during the third quarter of 2012 (July to September).

    IPAF said there had been 26 deaths from 25 accidents in total so far this year, as at September 30, 2012.

    All the accidents that occurred in the third quarter involved booms. The main causes were: electrocution (two fatalities), fall from platform (two), overturn (one) and entrapment (one). In one of the accidents involving electrocution, both the operator and a work colleague in the platform died.

    Figures for the year to date showed that of the 25 reported accidents, 15 involved booms, seven involved vehicle mounts and three involved scissor lifts. The main causes were reported as: fall from platform (seven fatalities), electrocution (six), overturn (five), mechanical/technical (four) and entrapment (three).

    Fifteen of the accidents occurred in the USA, three in the Netherlands, two in the UK and one each in Australia, Canada, Singapore, Spain and Switzerland.

    “There are nearly 1.5 million MEWPs/AWPs in use around the world, and while every death is a tragedy, powered access is still a very safe way to work at height,” said IPAF CEO Tim Whiteman. “The analysis of accident data will allow the industry to become even safer.”

    IPAF is working closely with the industry to monitor and analyse accident figures. From 1 January 2013, it will be mandatory for IPAF rental company members in the UK to report any known MEWP accidents involving their staff at the IPAF accident database (www.ipaf.org/accident).

    Source - KHL Magazine

  • 28 Sep 2012 1:56 PM | Anonymous

    The Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety wants to hear from you!

    The Taskforce has released a consultation document outlining what it sees are the key issues impacting on our ability to create safer workplaces and is seeking submissions from anyone with an interest in improving workplace health and safety.

    To make a submission simply go to www.hstaskforce.govt.nz and follow the prompts.  You are able to make your submission online or you can send a written submission directly to the Taskforce.

    Submissions close Friday November 16th 2012

  • 31 Jul 2012 1:33 PM | Anonymous

    As of July 1 the newly named Labour Group released two new online documents to support their proactive enforcement of safe working at height.

    The first provides brief advice on one page and is aimed at contractors, clients, principals, home owners and landlords about contractors requirements to ensure the right safety steps are in place before the work starts. The information sheet is dual purposed.

    a. Where the Labour Group has agreement with local authorities, it is being included in the residential building consent information packs.

    b. Individual duty holders can use the information sheet to support their quotes to clients.

    Click to view

    The second is a factsheet outlining the proactive enforcement approach to preventing falls from height.

    Click to view 
     
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