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Old Aug 25th 2009, 10:06 pm
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Hello all, for those people working on building sites and the like in NZ, my OH would like to know if they use 110 volts (is that right?) as he wants to bring his transformer (??) with us. Thanks, Bevissa
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Hello all, for those people working on building sites and the like in NZ, my OH would like to know if they use 110 volts (is that right?) as he wants to bring his transformer (??) with us. Thanks, Bevissa
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tell him not to bother. fill the space with something more worthwhile

My DHs transformer is sat in the corner of the garage with a very thick layer of dust on it. Not seen the light of day in over 2 years. Oh and by the way he's a Site Manager ( just to qualify my response)

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tell him not to bother. fill the space with something more worthwhile

My DHs transformer is sat in the corner of the garage with a very thick layer of dust on it. Not seen the light of day in over 2 years. Oh and by the way he's a Site Manager ( just to qualify my response)

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Thanks for that, did it not get used cos it wasn't needed or cos it didn't work? My OH is a sparky and uses it loads (think he's emotionally attached to it myself but he reckons he might need it!!) Bevissa
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Not used cos not needed! On sites, 110v tools not used here. All 230/240 mains. Yes, even outside. Yes, even in rain, wind, snow, sun. So no need for transformer for work purposes.
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A glowing indictment of "all OSH" in NZ - she'll be right............
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Dont you just love em'
here in the UK we had a guy at work reported for using a 110 transformer because it was plugged into the mains
You can't beat quality management
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Ah but was it RCD protected?
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Ah but was it RCD protected?
Yes it was
but they've introduced a nice new system where the management now have targets to find people doing things wrong, they have the option to spot people doing things right as well but most of them dont seem to like that idea, I guess it's a power trip thing.
PPE is their favorite, which is quite comical now as the big cheese after reviewing all the figures has noticed very few accidents are caused by incorrect PPE so he's asked them nicely to find other things to report on
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But PPE is the last line of defence, management of H&S should sort out the risks before PPE is involved. Hence over-managing PPE is simply a sign of poor H&S maangement.........
Don't worry! they give serious tools to kids in Kindy here, my 3yr old used to come back with all sorts of creations bearing lots of nails. Some of which he used to bash big brother over the head with.
I know several blokes who lost bits of digits as kids when so-and-so, the little brother, put an axe through it or such-and-such big brother dared me to stick my finger in that farm implement.....
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But PPE is the last line of defence, management of H&S should sort out the risks before PPE is involved. Hence over-managing PPE is simply a sign of poor H&S maangement.........
Don't worry! they give serious tools to kids in Kindy here, my 3yr old used to come back with all sorts of creations bearing lots of nails. Some of which he used to bash big brother over the head with.
I know several blokes who lost bits of digits as kids when so-and-so, the little brother, put an axe through it or such-and-such big brother dared me to stick my finger in that farm implement.....
Sounds more like it to me , I remember splitting my head open with a hammer, treading on nails we'd just hammererd into wood, falling out of trees barbed wire fences all the things they're not allowed to play with now, have to say it's one of the things that attracts us to NZ, the little on loves his (my) power tools, I can't do anything at home without him having to have a go as well, the grinder was the most scary still he's 5 soon and wont need supervising any more.

H&S definately has it's place but it's all gone too far now.
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Agreed but when you've seen dead bodies and bits of people splattered around as the result of no-one doing a risk assessment then it kinda makes you think twice.
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Agreed but when you've seen dead bodies and bits of people splattered around as the result of no-one doing a risk assessment then it kinda makes you think twice.
Couldn't agree more, I think the problem is the more "safe" we make things the less people think about the dangers because they've not seen them before they've been removed and they expect someone to have made it safe before they start working, it's a catch 22 in some ways, it would be nice if everyone took responsibility for their own safety, adults that is, I feel Kids need some controlled exposure to dangers so they can appreciate them for what they are and some things will hurt if you're not careful.
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Gotta say one of the things I love about Aotearoa, is that people are responsible for their own actions from an early age, unlike the UK where people are often quick to blame the teacher, the boss, the government, the OH () or whoever else is convenient.

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