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NZ Defence Force Nailing Its Flag to Site Safety Scheme

6 November 2013
Waiouru’s replacement Water Treatment Plant is an example of a NZ Defence Force construction site that carries Site Safe accreditation.

Waiouru’s replacement Water Treatment Plant is an example of a NZ Defence Force construction site that carries Site Safe accreditation.

Contractors working without Site Safe accreditation need not apply for work on New Zealand Defence Force construction projects, as the organisation continues to strengthen its commitment to safety.

Health and safety was prioritised this year as a key organisational issue by Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Rhys Jones.

Earlier this year, the Defence Force commissioned an independent external review of its safety management and training systems and all of its recommendations are currently being implemented.

In keeping with this safety push, the NZ Defence Force will renew its Heads of Agreement with Site Safe this Friday (November 8) at Trentham Military Area.

NZ Defence Force Facilities Management Services Manager, Lieutenant Colonel (LTCOL) Warren Parke, says the agreement is about reinforcing a bottom line for safety for all contractors involved in defence construction.

“All contractors who work on NZ Defence Force construction sites will need to have Site Safe passports, and that’s made clear in all of our agreements with contractors,” he says.

Site Safe Chief Executive Alison Molloy says the NZ Defence Force had demonstrated strong leadership in the construction, building, and maintenance industries through being part of, and applying industry standards developed in partnership with their organisation.

"The Defence Force is a valued Site Safe member which has applied construction's best practice health and safety processes across its many sites," she says.

LTCOL Parke says the renewed Heads of Agreement would be applied across the Defence Force as the system for safely delivering its annual facilities maintenance programme, as well as for planned new infrastructure builds supporting the Defence Force’s new capabilities. This includes for example, the recently announced replacement maritime helicopters and the new battle training facility at Ardmore.

The NZ Defence Force is now looking at extending the Site Safe accreditation into other parts of the organisation.

“It’s all part of broadening that Health and Safety commitment,” LTCOL Parke says.

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