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The new Health & Safety law is no April fool’s joke

A construction firm was recently fined $36,750, for exposing its workers to the risk of a fall from height.

  • 4 April 2016
  • Author: Simona Krsteva
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The new Health & Safety law is no April fool’s joke
 Another firm was fined $43,000, and ordered to pay reparation of $40,000, to a young worker who was carrying out work on a casual basis, after a bucket attachment came loose and injured him.

A quarry operator, was also fined $36,000, and ordered to pay $21,118 in reparation and costs, after one of its employees fell from an elevated work platform on a hammer mill machine.

Do Producer Statements Let Councils off the Hook

In February 2012 I wrote an article for ITM called “What is a producer statement?” That is available as a newsletter on the Madison Hardy website if you can’t find it elsewhere. This is a follow-up to that newsletter, and it deals with the issue of whether building consent authorities (for convenience I will call them Councils) can avoid liability for signing off defective building work, by pointing to the fact that someone has given them (or should have given them) a producer statement in respect of the defective work. Does that let the Council off the hook?

  • 31 March 2016
  • Author: Geoff Hardy
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Do Producer Statements Let Councils off the Hook
The starting point is that Councils in New Zealand owe a duty of care to current and future owners of residential properties, when issuing consents, carrying out inspections, and issuing code compliance certificates. 

New Regulations for Asbestos Removal

  • 15 March 2016
  • Author: Sarah Anderson
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New Regulations for Asbestos Removal
Early next month the regulations around asbestos removal are changing. A summary of the key changes is below.

The ‘Almost’ A to Z Guide to Adjudications

  • 26 January 2016
  • Author: Simona Krsteva
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The ‘Almost’ A to Z Guide to Adjudications
A situation our builder clients frequently encounter during or at the end of a construction project is non-payment of their invoice or invoices. Disgruntled, and left out in the cold like a ship out at sea, they turn to us in hope of rescue. But in order to avoid tipping the ship overboard, there are some essential manoeuvres a builder must abide by and follow to bring the ship back to the coast. 

The Jungle Marathon

  • 9 December 2015
  • Author: Sue Hardy
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The Jungle Marathon

 During October, Geoff and Sue set out on an epic adventure – their first attempt at the grueling Jungle Marathon in Brazil’s Amazon Jungle. This notoriously difficult race is a test of both mental and physical endurance, and pushes competitors to their absolute limits as they race across extremely difficult jungle terrain, battling intense humidity, mud and water crossings, wild animals and swathes of insects. 

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