Calder Stewart is continuing to see a steady reduction in workplace injuries, with injury frequency rate now the lowest it has been since record keeping was started.
Calder Stewart conducts in-house safety audits, through its full time Health and Safety Manager, who oversees our safety programme. This has meant that we have been able to better track and prevent workplace and lost time injuries (LTI). Although accidents do happen, being mindful of the ‘hazards of the workplace’ allows us to pre-emptively avoid them. The following outlines the findings of our safety audits over the past several years and represents our ongoing commitment to maximise safety in the workplace. Overall our efforts have paid off, with a clear reduction of serious injuries over the last several years (2012-2015). Compared with ACC construction industry statistics for the same period of time, Calder Stewart's safety performance places it among the leaders in the New Zealand construction industry.
Safety Review Update
ACC data for Calder Stewart’s Construction division, confirms the division’s injury rate is less than half that of the industry average. Of the injuries that Calder Stewart have had, 60% were from strains and sprains and only one accident resulted in a worker needing more than a week off work.
The design features of some of Calder Stewart’s recent construction projects have highlighted the need for the company to manage employee exposure to potential falls from heights. To effectively diminish this, Calder Stewart has purchased a new edge protection system. This system enables Calder Stewart to provide high quality edge protection to buildings as they are going up.
This new system was recently deployed on a recent project to great effect. The components can be assembled in a multitude of ways, covering building edges, internal voids, and stairways, and can be added to and adjusted as required. This is just one of the proactive measures Calder Stewart is taking to ensure workplace safety is a priority and is setting an exemplary safety standard within the industry.