Construction – Health and Safety


The Principal Contractor relationship is unique in the interpretation of the HSE act.

Not only is the Employer responsible for employees safety, the Principal is responsible to the safety of any contractors they engage.

This is a serious obligation and while Principals give construction companies “control” of the workplace when they commission works to be carried out. They still have a part to play

Without a robust health and safety culture and system in place the potential for accidents to happen increases. The Person in control of that workplace becomes a Principal as well when they engage sub trades and the potential for disaster compounds.

Sample projects

Auckland Council:

  • Aotea Square redevelopment.
  • Auckland Art Gallery redevelopment
  • Tepid Baths redevelopment
  • Te Wao Nui project Auckland Zoo

Auckland Transport:

  • Davies Avenue Car park development.
  • Aucklandrail station upgrade program.
  • Parnell enabling works for new station project.

Waikato District health Board:

  • Clinical Centre development Waikato Hospital stage 1 & 2
  • Renal unit development Waikato Hospital
  • Rehabilitation unit development Waikato Hospital
  • Dental unit development Waikato district

McDonalds Restaurants NZ Ltd:

New Zealandwide new build projects and redevelopment projects

Scope of works

Carry out a hazard risk assessment to include all areas of construction

Review the Main contractors H&S management system and the method they use to manage the sub trades as they are engaged.

Develop systems and strategies to assist stakeholders and communicate that strategy to all stakeholders.

Develop Executive safety meetings to enable ALL parties to meet and communicate with each other of safety statistics and risk management for the next period moving forward.

Regularly monitor the project and create reports to circulate to all parties involved of any positive initiatives or areas requiring attention.

Assist with the creation of the new facility hazard ID list for use by the new occupier

Develop a monitoring system to ensure ongoing effectiveness of the safety systems in place. Maintenance procedures and audit on a routine basis.