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Caution – Mechanic on Site!

Background – Noggin INC1365 11/09/18

A mechanic was on site doing repairs to the hauler. While walking around the hauler he tripped over a stick and fell knee first onto the end of a log platform (corduroy the hauler was sitting upon). The full force of his weight split open the skin on his kneecap!

The mechanic received 9 staples to close the split/wound but may have been saved from harm had he been made aware of this risk.

Minding Our PCBU’s

Section 37 of the HSW Act 2015 applies to a PCBU in relation to our Authorised Visitors and Service Providers (AVSP) e.g. this mechanic. The relevant clause states:

“… A PCBU who manages or controls a workplace must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the workplace, the means of entering and exiting the workplace, and anything arising from the workplace are without risks to the health and safety of any person.”

WorkSafe NZ have been clear that they will “… consider everyone’s duties and actions but will focus … attention on those people who have the most control or influence in the particular circumstances…”, which means you, if you are the prime contractor on site!

What are some of those important duties and actions that we need to care for?

[     ]     Have a definite arrangement – know who will turn up, when and .

[    ]     Provide clear directions to the site – better still ferry the AVSP in from the forest gate.

[     ]     Install clear signage at the site – in particular establishing ‘safe’ and ‘no-go’ zones.

[     ]     Give special attention to the hazards, risks and controls – both yours and theirs.

[     ]     Discuss important site rules – focus on recent changes or unique aspects of the site.

[     ]     Instruct the AVSP on emergency procedures – what they should do in an emergency.

[     ]     Check that the AVSP has all the correct PPE and that it is worn – supply it if necessary.

View this article in Safety Bulletin 116