External Research

Below are links to New Zealand and International research that is relevant to health and safety, and the construction industry.

New Zealand

BCITO / CBA Consulting (2008). Construction Health and Safety Consultation Findings.

Report into Health and Safety training in New Zealand carried out by the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO). This initial aim was for BCITO to review their qualifications, but the end result is a review of health and safety training in New Zealand possible improvements to training across the building construction industry.

Read the full report

Labour and Immigration Research Centre (WorkSafe NZ) (2012). Workplace Safety: An analysis of falls in the construction sector.

This report analyses falls in the construction industry in New Zealand. The report outlines common types, and heights of falls. It also examines common contributing factors based on serious incident reports.

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WorkSafe NZ/Neilson (2015). Health and Safety Attitudes and Behaviours in the New Zealand Workforce: A Survey of Workers and Employers.

Report that examines health and safety attitudes, and behaviours of workers and employers in New Zealand. Overall, both workers and employers believe health and safety is important. However, often there is a gap between the attitudes and behaviours on worksites. WorkSafe suggests ways to reduce this gap.

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Ministry for Women (2015). Getting it done: Utilising women's skills in the workforce. Lessons from the Canterbury rebuild.

In response to the Canterbury Earthquakes several groups worked together to encourage women to work in trades. This report discusses how the Ministry for Women and others in Canterbury have worked to increase the number of women training and working in trades in Canterbury.

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Deloitte (2016). Are we as safe as we want to be? 2016 Health and Safety Leadership Survey.

This survey provides a snapshot of how health and safety is governed, managed and organised in New Zealand businesses.

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Bahn, S., & Barratt-Pugh, L. (2011). Introducing Mandatory Training Systems? Investigating the Implementation of Compulsory Pre-site Construction Training.

Report reviewing the impact safety awareness training had on safety in the Western Australia construction industry. It examines perceptions of individuals in the industry and also analyses lost time injury/disease statistics. The results suggest the safety awareness training has made a difference to safety in the construction industry.

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New Zealand

There are links here to the July 2019 update on the work being done by Building System Performance at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). There is a letter from Anna Butler, the GM of Building System Performance on what is happening at BSP and an update on initiatives that are underway there.