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Vertical Horizonz and Site Safe have renewed there agreement, enabling trainees who complete the Vertical Horizonz mobile elevated work platform (MEWP) course to use it to renew their Site Safety Card (Passport). 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. Read more…

Our VHNZ CEO Carl McOnie recently completed the Silent Leadership Challenge run by the National Foundation for the Deaf (NFD).  An initiative to put a spotlight on the day to day challenges of the hearing impaired.

The challenge involved corporate leaders donning earmuffs, which simulated hearing impairment, during a range of day to day situations like team meetings or watching TV. The final test was attending a social setting with the ear muffs in place.

Carl was joined by, MP for Bay of Plenty - Todd Muller, MP for Tauranga - Simon Bridges, Tauranga Mayor - Greg Brownless, VHNZ Training Manger - Marcus Bathan and GM for Tauranga Crossing - Jill McKenzie for some drinks, nibbles and hearing impaired conversation to experience for themselves the challenges those with hearing loss deal with day to day.

The initiative has been a success for the NFD who have raised $28,121.66


Vertical Horizonz and Site Safe in Partnership

An official agreement to work together was formally signed last week by representatives from both organisations at Site Safe's national office in Wellington.

(From left) Conrad McDonnell, Chief Executive Vertical Horizonz International, Rob Robinson, Site Safe NZ Board Member, Alison Molloy, Chief Executive Site Safe NZ, James Mead, Group Manager Quality and Development Site Safe NZ, Carl McOnie, Chief Executive Vertical Horizonz NZ.

Site Safe Chief Executive Alison Molloy said establishing the strategic partnership was about delivering the best possible long-term benefits for members and the construction workforce. "Both organisations have a strong commitment to putting people first and we hope that this agreement will allow us to develop even better learning pathways which will improve health and safety on site. "Whilst each of us is already making a difference to improved health and safety practice, together that difference will be even more significant."

Vertical Horizonz New Zealand Chief Executive Carl McOnie went on to say "Together, Vertical Horizonz and Site Safe can reach more business owners, managers and workers within the construction industry to advise, educate and develop. It is a joint passion for safety and seeing workers return home at the end of the day that will make this partnership a successful one."

Site Safe and Vertical Horizonz are currently developing a programme of work to facilitate this partnership, with details expected to be finalised later this year. 

Descent & Rescue Procedures: Total Length 144m

Meridian's Benmore hydro station is helping power around 298,000 New Zealand homes daily. It is located on New Zealand's largest manmade lake – Lake Benmore and is New Zealand's largest earth dam.

The hydro station's 6 penstocks require a Penstock Inspection team to must be able to safety enter and exit the penstocks and be capable of conducting a rescue in the case of a medical emergency. These skills require training.

Vertical Horizonz Trainer Sel Lo Tam delivered training to the Penstock Inspection team onsite at the Benmore Dam and focused on the below:

• Safe ways to enter at the top headgate and exit at the scroll case below.
• Efficient means of ascending/descending within the Penstock when conducting closer inspections of tube
• Conducting a rescue in the event of a medical emergency

The training was delivered against NZQA Unit Standards:
17599 Plan a confined space entry
18426 Demonstrate knowledge of hazards associated with confined spaces
15757 Use, install and disestablish temporary proprietary height safety systems when working at height
23229 Use safety harness system when working at height
25510 Operate an atmospheric testing device to determine a suitable atmosphere exists to work safely
23232 Develop a rescue plan for recovery of a suspended individual after a fall

Together, the Meridian and Vertical Horizonz teams worked with their knowledge and equipment to set up systems and processes that were safe, simplistic and within the realms of the relevant best practice guidelines and standards.


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