As America’s Safety Week 2016 kicks off, Tappan Zee Constructors’ mammoth New York Bridge project is being featured as one of the safest in the construction industry. The bridge, which is to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge, has so far seen more than six million man hours from 1,200 workers. Project Safety Manager Daryl Lloyd boasts that only 21 incidents have occurred to date.
Tappan Zee Constructors reportedly holds safety as the highest priority for the project. If workers see anything unsafe, or are asked to do something that is unsafe, they are allowed to stop work and get it fixed. This increased engagement of workers in health and safety matters at the workplace mirrors the recent reform of New Zealand’s health and safety legislation. One of the key focuses of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2016, which came into force on 4 April 2016, is to support more effective worker engagement and participation. Click here for more information about the new Act and its Regulations.