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  • Loganburn Dam

    “Work has finally started on raising the height of the Loganburn Dam at Paerau to boost its storage capacity – a project delayed for several years because of plans to construct the boundry’s biggest wind farm nearby.

    The $2 billion, 176-turbine Project Hayes wind farm was shelved two years ago, but it was one of the main factors in the delay to the dam project, Maniototo Irrigation Company Ltd chairman Geoff Crutchley said.”

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  • Viaduct Revival

    “The Edwin Burn Viaduct has been restored and can now be used by walkers.

    Last month, the Port Craig Viaduct Trust, the Department of Conservation, the Southland District Council, Tuatapere Hump Track Charitable Trust and Maori landowners from the Waitutu Incorporation vowed to saved four historic viaducts along the Southland coastline from rot and ruin. ”

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  • Height safety working practices

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    Positive light on the adoption of height safety working practices…

    “Breen estimate they have been able to make productivity gains and cost savings of around 10% – 15% on the working at height building process (in combination with a well-managed site and contractor crews).”

    Project Overview - Since inception in 1939, Breen has grown into a well-respected local contractor to a leading construction company, serving clients all across New Zealand. Breen Homes is a dedicated division of Breen Construction catering to residential customers.

    Breen Homes have put in place new systems and policies around height safety in response to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) push on the safety of working at heights, and the desire to see all of their workers and contractors return home safely to their families and friends.

    Breen have seen positive results in business performance and budget because of their new initiatives, and a change in company culture in regards to health and safety.

    Challenges - Breen needed to formulate new working procedures to perform at a best practise level at managing height hazards. Successfully implementing these procedures into the residential industry – Breen employees and contractors presented new challenges.

    Solution - Breen Construction’s residential buildings arm ‘Breen Homes’ has adopted a policy of using a working platform/edge protection scaffolding system on all residential house builds.

    Breen negotiated a set rate with their scaffolding supplier for the erection and dismantling of this scaffolding for a three week period from the time the frames are stood on the slab.

    The project manager must then ensure that all the contractors get in and get their portion of the work at height completed within this three week time frame so as not to incur any further rental costs over and above the set price for that period.

    Breen have also adopted the use of safety mesh on top of the rafters of the trusses which goes up as the purlins go on over the top, thus creating a complete fall prevention for all contractors and workers alike.

    Results - Breen’s staff and contractors have found that their time frames to complete the work of erecting roof structures and roof cladding systems (including metal facia and spouting systems) on the site sped up due to a number of factors related to having this scaffolding in place, not least of all being the reduced need to be concerned about falling while working at height.

    “Breen workers and contractors on the home sites no longer view these height safety practices as a health and safety compliance issue, but one of commitment to the ease of working at height best practice.”

    Using the height safety practices of working platform / edge protection scaffolding in combination with the roofing safety mesh fitted to the top of the truss rafters, Breen estimate they have been able to make productivity gains and cost savings of around 10% – 15% on the working at height building process (in combination with a well-managed site and contractor crews).

    The roofing safety mesh fitted to the top of the truss rafters practice also has the added spin-off and cost saving of reducing the amount of broken and damaged nail guns and impact driving tools that would otherwise have hit the concrete slab when dropped while working up on the roof structure.

    All Breen workers and contractors on the home sites no longer view these height safety practices as a health and safety compliance issue, but one of commitment to the ease of working at height best practice.

    Breen hopes this case study sheds some positive light on the adoption of a safe working practice that has come about as a response to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) push on the safety of working at heights, and the desire to see all of their workers and contractors return home to their families and friends.

    Conclusion - Adhering to best practice in safety practices also positively effects businesses in productivity gains and cost savings. Following health and safety best practice is another way for construction companies to show their workers that they are valued: by practically demonstrating how they are getting workers and contractors home safely each night after work.

    Changes in health and safety policy and practices from this construction firm came as a result to the enforcement on a key hazard area by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

    If you have any case studies of your own that you would like to share with Site Safe around health and safety driving positive business performance – please contact Communications Manager Lauren Prestney at iprestney@sitesafe.org.nz or 021 356 169.

     

  • A Blast From The Past…

    A couple of newspaper adverts we’ve found from quite some time ago…

    This was printed in the Alexandra Herald and Central Otago Gazette 4 September 1940

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    And this one in The Central Otago News, Thursday December 20 1973 – We Built It!

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  • Breen Smokefree Policy

    Breen Construction is leading the way amongst New Zealand Construction firms, after becoming a smokefree workplace. Check out the article on Page 3 of the Auckland Regional Public Health Service’s Heartbeat Challenge newsletter…

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  • Highlands Motorsport Newsletter

    The latest Highlands Motorsport Park Newsletter featured a good mention about Breen, who are building one of the first apartments at the park…

    Things are hotting up in the Highlands Innovation & Technology Park, with two of the first builds underway, one of which belongs to Steve Lyttle & Carolyn Ball. We caught up with them recently to find out how the build was going and what helped them make the decision to set down some roots in Cromwell.

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    You’ve chosen Breen as your construction company, obviously they had a lot to do with Highlands, was that a consideration when choosing your contractors?

    We were attracted to Breen as the main contractor for the building based on the quality of workmanship in the Highlands Museum and recommendations from previous clients. It’s been a dream experience working with Breen, they have exceeded our expectation every step of the way so far and we are looking forward to the day when we can host the team from Breen that have worked on the house and their families to a house warming.

Breen in the News

Recent articles featuring Breen…

  • $1.5m community centre redevelopment under way

    OTAGO DAILY TIMES  on  12TH JULY 2012

    After three years of planning and fundraising, the long-awaited $1.5 million redevelopment of the Lake Hawea Community Centre at Peter Fraser Park is under way.

    Building committee secretary Linda Osborne said it was “awesome” to see the project starting to take shape, particularly after things had come to a temporary standstill last year.

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  • Kindergarten taking shape

    OTAGO DAILY TIMES  on  5TH APRIL 2012

    The first head teacher at the new Maniototo Kindergarten was a foundation teacher at another new Central Otago kindergarten 30 years ago.

    Dale Greene, of Christchurch, taught at Cromwell Kindergarten when it opened, so she had a wealth of experience, Central Otago Kindergarten Association manager Angela Jacobson said this week.

    “She’ll be fantastic and it’s almost like going full circle for her, 30 years later.”

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  • Bridge reopens after months of work

    OTAGO DAILY TIMES  on  24TH DECEMBER 2011

    The replacement of the Humber St bridge in Oamaru has finally been completed – behind the original schedule and over budget.

    The bridge was closed in mid-July and work was scheduled to take about 14 weeks, but in early September it was found that rock under the northern abutment was too solid for piles to be driven to the depth specified by seismic requirements.

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  • Approaching end of bridge work

    OTAGO DAILY TIMES on 12TH JULY 2012

    Good progress is being made on the new Humber St bridge in south Oamaru, and the Waitaki District Council expects it to be completed by Christmas.

    Contractor Breen Construction Ltd has put in the concrete decking and is working on the approaches and other parts to complete the job.

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  • Community house fund reaches target

    OTAGO DAILY TIMES on 11TH OCTOBER 2011

    Exactly four years after the first meeting about the project, fundraising has hit the target for the $2.6 million Alexandra Community House, with construction to begin soon.

    “It’s very exciting to get here, and it’s a great result for Alexandra,” house trust chairwoman Bernie Lepper said yesterday.

    The “final piece of the puzzle” was a $600,000 grant from the Central Lakes Trust, approved last week.

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  • No Rush to Restore Old Barn

    OTAGO DAILY TIMES on 15TH MARCH 2011

    The restoration of a historic barn near Fruitlands is a step closer after two of its walls were straightened recently.

    The barn is part of a group of buildings, including a homestead and outbuildings, known as Butler’s Farm, on State Highway 8, which have been given category 1 status by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

    The farm was established in the early 1870s.

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  • Walkway across river mooted in bridge pier upgrade

    OTAGO DAILY TIMES on 28TH JUNE 2008

    An upgrade of Alexandra’s historic bridge piers could include decking between the piers, providing a walkway cross the Clutha River.

    The idea was mooted at a public meeting in Alexandra on Thursday night, held to generate support for future projects on the stone structures, which have a category 1 listing with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

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