The trouble is... it doesn't actually tell me anything. What's happening right now? What real risks could I be exposed to? What controls do I need to know about?
There are several trades around, busy going about their tasks as I walk onto the site. Nobody stops me. Nobody inducts me. So, I report to the site box to sign in and check out the "Site Specific Safety Plan" provided by the principal contractor.
The SSSP is where it really starts to unravel, and here's how...
Effective health and safety systems and practices in the workplace are essential to prevent harm to people while they work, says WorkSafe New Zealand.
This was highlighted at the sentencing of landscaping and outdoor timber supplier TW Transport Ltd today (10 March), after an employee lost two fingers while using an unsafe rotating blade saw to cut timber.
WorkSafe’s investigation found one of the two blade guards required for safe operation of the saw was missing. The other guard could not be adjusted to maintain the recommended gap of 12mm or less between the guard and the timber, exposing workers to the saw blade when the saw was in use.
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