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  • 18 Oct 2012 10:42 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    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 (

    Source - KHL Magazine 

  • 15 Oct 2012 9:44 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    Following the workshop held at the HIANZ Conference, a new Health and Safety webpage has been created in the members area of this site. Goto Health & Safety for forms and templates, plus info about how to hold regular and effective health and safety toolbox meetings ...
  • 12 Oct 2012 12:34 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment -- Labour has developed six factsheets to be used with the Best Practice Guidelines for Working at Height in New Zealand published in April this year. The factsheets form part of the Working Safely at Height Toolkit that has been very well received by members of the construction sector and key stakeholders.

    The factsheets cover the following topics, Planning a safe approach to working at heightSelecting the right equipment for working safely at heightShort duration work at heightEdge protectionTemporary work platformsTotal Restraint System.

    All of these factsheets can of course be found on the DoL website, OR the members area of the HIANZ website. This information will assist in keeping hire companies up to date, and will also compliment the service provided to customers.

  • 01 Oct 2012 7:44 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    A week has gone by since HIANZ members were in Queenstown at their Industry Conference & Trade Day – what a truly magnificent event!

    The level of feedback from delegates and exhibitors is overwhelmingly positive! The awesome destination and great weather coupled with the networking opportunities, camaraderie, activities and exhibitions made the conference a real success. The first day of conference included a number of updates on key projects, open discussion on Hire Excellence Awards, ‘Never say never’ – a well received presentation from board member Tom Kimber, report from board member Andrew Messent relating to changes to DG rules for the transportation of Diesel and a brief outline on safety belt compliance. The day also included, a presentation from ...... read more 
  • 28 Sep 2012 1:33 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    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 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.

  • 06 Sep 2012 7:54 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    Check out Westpac's all new "Managing Your Money" workshop series available now that includes interactive sessions on Business Basics, Cash Flow Basics, Managing Growth, and Managing Your Money which is more aimed at managing personal money and budgeting, and run by our Bank Managers.

    The business sessions are run by their experienced and 'local' Business Bank Area Managers who have a wealth of knowledge to share.  Check it out!

    Details and links can be found in the members only area > toolbox > westpac members benefits ...
  • 27 Aug 2012 3:23 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    A mid-year meeting of the Global Rental Alliance (GRA) was held last week involving representatives from equipment rental/hire trade associations around the world. Consistent with the purpose of the Global Rental Alliance undefined to increase the profile of equipment rental worldwide and build global understanding undefined the organizations met by teleconference to discuss the market outlook and business issues influencing the industry, policy initiatives impacting the rental environment and ways to support their members and promote the rental concept throughout the world.

    Progress was highlighted on common initiatives of the associations, including industry research, marketing and promotion of the equipment rental industry and member services. The Global Rental Alliance International Business Leadership Program, administered by the ARA Foundation, was highlighted.

    The Alliance will hold its 11th annual in-person meeting at The Rental Show in Las Vegas in early February.

    The Global Rental Alliance is a partnership among seven independent rental/hire organizations throughout the world, including the Associação De Locadoras (Brazilian Rental Association), Canadian Rental Association, European Rental Association, Hire Association Europe (U.K.), Hire & Rental Industry Association (Australia), Hire Industry Association of New Zealand and American Rental Association.

    Further information regarding the purpose and activities of the Global Rental Alliance and the International Rental Business Leadership Program are available at

  • 31 Jul 2012 1:26 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    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 
  • 01 Jun 2012 2:10 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    The Hire Industry Association of New Zealand (Inc.) extends a very warm welcome to all members, industry suppliers and international guests.  Join myself, the HIANZ board and industry colleagues for two days of learning, networking, fun and adventure during our   unique and action packed conference set in the stunning location of Queenstown.

    This two day event consists of industry related business sessions, interactive workshops, supplier presentations and displays.

    I have no doubt that the conference will provide everyone with something to take away and implement in their respective businesses.

    The Southern Challenge, follows on from the concept introduced last year in Wellington which proved very beneficial to both hire company delegates and suppliers - it was very satisfying to see so many people relaxed and enjoying being part of our unique industry.

    As an ongoing commitment to our Party and Event members, an exclusive networking function with local guests who specialize in events will be held on the Wednesday evening and a group meeting on Thursday at the Southern Challenge.

    Queenstown offers a raft of activities and sightseeing options, why not bring the family and extend your stay? A partners programme has been included this year, as well as a number of discounted activities for those looking to experience the adventure capital of New Zealand.

    On behalf of the board and our industry suppliers we look forward to hosting you and your partners at this year’s Conference.

    So here is the challenge - get yourself registered, get to Queenstown, and leave the rest to us! We will whisk you away to a venue full of brilliant activities that will bring all delegates and suppliers together around product, information sharing, and of course the southern challenge!  Don't miss it..

    I look forward to seeing you all there.

    Tim Mikkelsen
    HIANZ (Inc.)

  • 29 Feb 2012 2:21 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    To make our roads safer, two of the give way rules are changing. These changes come into effect at 5am on Sunday 25 March 2012. Until then the current give-way rules apply.

    These changes will affect all drivers, riders, pedestrians and cyclists. Make sure you know the new rules so you’ll know what to do.

    More information and other resources, such as an online quiz, a video that gives a birds-eye and drivers view of the changes and leaflets in a variety of languages, can be found on

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