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The Vertical Horizonz Low Level Scaffold course (as well as MEWP and Confined Space courses) now include the option for trainees to renew their Site Safe Passport.

The process for trainees is simple, holders of a Site Safe Passport can tick a box provided on the Vertical Horizonz Confined Space, Low Level Scaffold and MEWP courses to have their Passport renewed without having to attend a Site Safe Course.  

This arrangement is part of a wider agreement between Site Safe and Vertical Horizonz to work together to improve access to resources, training and qualifications. 

Bookings for in house or public courses can be made via our offices on 0800 72 33 848 or online at


Every year Site Safe celebrates health and safety in the construction industry by hosting the Site Safe Graduations and Construction Health and Safety Awards. The evening is about recognising and awarding people and organisations for their hard work in making New Zealand workplaces safer.

Vertical Horizonz was excited to sponsor the Safety Innovation Award which went to Fulton Hogan HEB Joint Venture with its innovative pipe lifting beam and truck deck fall restraint system.  

The judges said the clever idea was a simple and effective solution which challenges standard practice and has already produced significant benefits, helping to eliminate risks and improve health and safety outcomes.
The system, which was developed for the Waikato Expressway project, eliminates the need for Hiab drivers to work at heights while unloading large pipes from their trucks. It also includes a new truck deck fall restraint system for preventing falls while loading or unloading smaller pipes.

Construction Manager Tony Adams said one of the biggest risks they faced on the project was workers using ladders on truck decks.

"It was an accident waiting to happen - we made some simple improvements and invented this practical approach to what has historically been common risk."

Alison Molloy (Site Safe CE) and Carl McOnie (Vertical Horizonz CEO) present Tony Adams (Fulton Hogan Construction Manager) with the Safety Innovation Award.

See further details of the Awards winners and finalists here:

Vertical Horizonz and Site Safe continue to work together in partnership to make the construction industry a safer place. 


3….2…..1…. JUMP MASTERS!!

AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand is a leading adventure tourism operator nationally with four Bungy sites in New Zealand - where it all began and six other adrenaline activities. They process over 150,000 activities annually, while providing excellent service with a safety record which is second to none. So, when Vertical Horizonz was approached to assess their latest installment of aspiring AJ Hackett Bungy Jump Masters it was a no brainer! As Height Safety champions we felt fit for the job of assessing people jumping off bridges with cords tied to their ankles.

Not that they needed much help… For 29 years AJ Hackett Bungy have had a 100% safety record and it's their serious approach and due diligence to safety that sees them so successful in this area. For AJ Hackett Bungy NZ health and safety is fundamental to their philosophy of excellence and professionalism in providing bungy jumping services to the public.

Safety requirements for Bungy operations were formalised when NZ Bungy Jumping Federation created a bungy Code of Practice with the assistance of AJ Hackett and co-founder Henry van Asch. Out of this code of practice, as well as listing safety and design requirements, appeared the need for training and the need for a Jump Master.

A Jump Master is an expert with the experience and knowledge needed to oversee all jumps and Jump Operators. It is a requirement that a Jump Master be present at the jump deck for EVERY bungy jump.

Before being eligible to sit the Jump Masters exam an individual must produce evidence of not less than 250 hours, or 1250 jumps, of operation as a Jump Operator in the past three years.

To be registered as a Jump Master, an individual must pass an exam involving written, oral and practical elements. This assessment ensures the Jump Masters have knowledge on AS/NZS 5848:2000 as well as having superior knowledge on the site operating manual and a thorough knowledge of all the practical aspects of a bungy to ensure the public can enjoy the thrills of bungy jump.

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