Construction work happens in a changing environment where unmanaged hazards can pose sudden and immediate risks to workers. Find out what you can do to keep yourself and your employees safe.
Noise induced hearing loss and injuries related to falls from height and manual handling are the most common problems.
The majority of fatalities in construction are caused by exposure to asbestos during demolition or renovation.
- Use WorkSafe New Zealand’s asbestos resources (external link) to help prevent exposure to asbestos
- Learn how to protect your hearing on our noise induced hearing loss page
- Use WorkSafe New Zealand’s heights resources (external link) to help prevent falls from height, in particular the Best practice guidelines for working on roofs and Preventing falls from height (external links)
- Manage manual handling and muscular discomfort, pain or injury effectively.
Your organisation’s health and safety systems and procedures
Find out how to set up your health and safety systems and procedures and help keep your business injury-free – it’s all in the Health and Safety Improvement Cycle. Find out about the Incident Investigation Process, which is useful for when you need to find investigate what caused an injury, illness or death.
Making your construction site safer
Once you’ve got good health & safety systems and procedures in place – or you have them already – visit the WorkSafe New Zealand’s construction guidance material on making your construction sites safer places for everyone.
Improve your health and safety systems and apply for a levy discount
If you participate in one of ACC’s workplace health and safety programmes we can reward you for safe workplace practices by discounting your levies. A number of different programmes exist to meet the needs of differing business types. Go to How to pay less for more information.
- Download our construction publications – use them to help to identify and manage typical hazards in your workplace.
- Visit our Road freight transport page to find out what you and your employees need to do to work safely in and around vehicles.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
These are external websites that have more information:
- Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO)
- Building Research Association of New Zealand
- Certified Builders Association of New Zealand
- Crane Association of New Zealand
- Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, Building section
- New Zealand Institute of Highway Technology
- New Zealand Construction Industry Council
- New Zealand Contractors Federation
- Registered Master Builders Federation
- WorkSafe New Zealand – information and guidance on construction and building maintenance
- Workplace Health and Safety (Department of Employment and Industrial Relations, Queensland, Australia)
- WorkSafe Victoria (Australia)
- WorkCover Authority of New South Wales (Australia)
- NT WorkSafe (Northern Territory, Australia)
- SafeWork South Australia
- WorkCover Tasmania
- WorkSafe Western Australia
Updated: 6 May 2015
Reviewed: 24 July 2014