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  • 09 Nov 2012 10:33 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    HIANZ associate members, ICIB Limited have been awarded the 2012 Small/Medium Broking Company of the Year at the recent New Zealand Insurance Industry Awards.

    Judged by a panel of leading industry figures they had the following thoughts on ICIB Ltd:

    Judges were impressed by its clear proposition in terms of clients.

    “ICIB prides itself on a ‘guaranteed service structure’ with a strong focus in the commercial/corporate sector of the insurance market.  Of particular note is the achievement of core competencies in specific industries in which ICIB focuses.  Its innovation in the areas of client servicing and products is evident in these industry sectors.

    ICIB is also seen as very sustainably driven with a strong reputation for integrity-based business practices and an appetite for embracing change, finding win-win solutions for the markets it operates in and distinguishing itself in the marketplace as a leader that works with insurers to achieve economic benefits for all stakeholders involved.

    Overall this company is innovative and emerging.”

    The award was collected by Managing Director Garry Mooney and a selection of core staff.

    This award is the result of continued hard work and effort by all staff members and also reflects ICIB’s ability to continue to perform at a high level despite the current issues the industry faces.

    "ICIB provides specialist advice and insurance services to the Hire Industry Association and many members. The company has been actively involved in our organisation for many years and it's fantastic that one of our supplier members has been recognised in the awards, congratulations ICIB" said HIANZ General Manager, Phil Tindle. 

  • 23 Oct 2012 4:21 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    The Hire Industry Association of New Zealand invites members, and industry 
    stakeholders to meet in Auckland on the 5th November, to review and discuss the first
    ‘draft’ of our industry best practice – “the safe use and operation of Marquee &
    Temporary Structures”. 

    Date: Monday 5th November

    Where: Auckland

    Time: 10am to 3.30pm

    Should there be time available following the review, a general industry discussion and networking will take place.

    Please RSVP your attendance by emailing Phil Tindle directly – phil.tindle@hianz.net.nz

    We look forward to your interest and participation of what we believe to be a very necessary document for industry. 

  • 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 (www.ipaf.org/accident).

    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 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.

  • 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 GlobalRentalAlliance.com.

  • 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 
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