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Are Your MEWP Operators Low Risk?

Experienced machinery operators of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWP) have a significant responsibility for the safety of themselves and others on a work site and under the new Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA). Find out how you can reduce risk in your organisation. Under the new HSWA, it’s not just enough for a good MEWP operator to hold a unit standard, their skills and practices need to be current, relevant to the organisation polices and based on Industry Best Practice.

Work-Related Health and Health Monitoring in the Workplace Strategic Plan

Work-Related Health a Key Focus for WorkSafe

You are 10 times more likely to die from work-related health problem than from a work accident! New Zealand experiences 600 to 900 deaths per year that are directly linked to work related health issues. There are 30,000 workers that suffer from work related health illnesses and 80% are male! WorkSafe is focused on reducing the impact.

Heatlh and Safety at Work Act 2015 - Regulations for Training

The new regulation General Risk and Workplace Management is the general regulation governing the workplace under the Health and Safety at Work Act, coming into effect April 4th, 2016. There are responsibilities for training outlined in Section 9. Parts of this are explained and what you can do to revise and mitigate risk initially are examined in two key areas, responsibility of training staff for task and the provision of information and instruction. Copies of the new regulation are available and some useful links.

Health and safety reform bill has passed what does this mean for businesses

Health and Safety Reform Bill Passed

After a lengthy debate in Parliament yesterday, the Health and Safety Reform Bill passed in Parliament last night (27th August 2015). There has been much debate and controversy surrounding the Bill and its effectiveness. However, what is clear is the this new Legislation will impact every business in New Zealand when it comes into effect on 4 April, 2016. The new law will be called the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Hino AMS Group Truck Licence Competition

Hino Truck Licence Competition

In New Zealand the trucking industry is significant; transporting up to 90% of the country’s total freight - directly contributing to the economy. With predictions of domestic freight growing by 75% over the next 20 years, the industry is a competitive one – yet the Road Transport Forum has predicted the national truck driver shortage will worsen in 2015.

VTNZ new provider for practical driver testing

VTNZ has been chosen as the preferred supplier by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) to take over all Class 1 practical driver testing from 1 May 2015. AMS Group believes this is a clear indication that the low pass rates and perceived licencing experience is not sustainable. Read the VTNZ press release.

New Scaffold Cert, New Delivery Model!

AMS Group has been working with a working group from the NZ Scaffold Industry to develop a new scaffolding national certificate training programme designed to suit the schedules of employers. This required a new delivery model and a new way of thinking about a traditional qualification.

Time to Take Contractor Safety Seriously!

This judgement passed down against a local construction company this week shows that consequences of not having the right checks and balances in place with contractors cannot only result in harm to those for whom you are responsible, but that WorkSafe NZ are taking action that will hit your bottom line.

AMS Health and Safety Training

AMS Group Launches AMS Work Safe Training Courses Nationwide

As a new Health and Safety Reform Bill sits in front of Parliament, AMS Group Ltd has released over 15 new AMS Work Safe, health and safety training courses available New Zealand wide from 18th, June 2014.

VTNZ Prepares for Future Growth

The Board and management of Vehicle Testing New Zealand have welcomed last week’s announcement to MTA Members that the international inspection company DEKRA wants to buy a 60% stake in the company.

AMS Group & VTNZ : A New Vision for Safer Vehicles and Safer Drivers

AMS Group and VTNZ understand the critical relationship of vehicle safety, driver safety and road safety. By combining services in a joint initiative these leading organisations have created the opportunity to test vehicle safety and driver safety in a single location.

Transport sector shows gap in youth career paths

Industry must take a more active role in providing options for youth, writes Kevin Wall.

Growing Business

TV One's Breakfast team spoke with AMS Group Managing Director Kevin Wall to investigate how AMS Group is helping businesses upskill their staff.

Training offers a ticket to work

From truck drivers, to stevedores, to forklift operators - they all need someone to show them the ropes. AMS Group's training services to businesses gives staff the opportunity to upskill and also help unemployed gain new skills to find new jobs.